R-tuned

Toy­ota C-HR

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TOY­OTA’S cur­rent range isn’t ex­actly famed for its high-per­for­mance sports cars. And while that may change with the forth­com­ing Ga­zoo Rac­ing-badged Supra due in 2019, bosses clearly thought the brand needed to make a splash at the SEMA show.

The re­sult is what Toy­ota claims is the “world’s fastest crossover” – a 600bhp R-tuned ver­sion of the hum­ble C-HR fam­ily car. This SUV uses a 2.4litre four-cylin­der en­gine, Brembo brakes and spe­cial sus­pen­sion, and can lap Cal­i­for­nia’s Wil­low Springs Race­way faster than many of the lat­est Porsche and Mclaren mod­els.

The crazy C-HR R-tuned fol­lows in the footsteps of the Si­enna R-tuned MPV, which ap­peared at SEMA in 2015. While the new­comer cer­tainly looks the part, the big­gest changes are un­der the skin. Its five-speed box pow­ers the front wheels via an OS Giken lim­ited-slip diff, while the bodykit de­vel­ops more than 130kg of down­force at “triple-digit speeds”.

There’s no word on whether the tuned C-HR will spawn a pro­duc­tion car, but with Toy­ota back­ing its GR sub-brand with a host of up­com­ing mod­els, it isn’t out of the ques­tion.

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