SU­PER STREET’S TOY­OTA C-HR

BID­DING FAREWELL TO OUR TOY­OTA C-HR PROJECT

Super Street - - CONTENTS - WORDS & PHO­TOS Sam Du

It’s a sad day as we fi­nally have to kiss our Toy­ota C-HR project good­bye. To re­cap, we picked up our C-HR as a oneyear loaner, just after the CUV went on sale in the spring of ’17. While its 144hp 2.0-liter and CVT tranny weren’t any­thing to brag about, its styling had po­ten­tial, es­pe­cially com­pared to other crossovers. Add in some awe­some af­ter­mar­ket sup­port from Ja­pan and lo­cal part­ners, and we had our­selves a Su­per Street project car.

Now if you re­mem­ber cor­rectly, the C-HR was yel­low last Novem­ber on the SEMA show floor in the Car MATE/RAZO booth. It was fin­ished with a full Artisan Spir­its body kit, 20” bronze TE37S, RS-R coils, cus­tom Borla ex­haust, and AP Rac­ing big brakes. We hosted an on­line poll for read­ers to de­cide whether we should wrap it in some­thing bright and yel­low or sub­tle and gray. Yel­low won the pub­lic vote, and Auto Tuned came to our aid by in­stalling all the parts and ap­ply­ing the wrap. We couldn’t have been hap­pier with the re­sult…or could we?

Only a cou­ple of weeks after re­turn­ing from Ve­gas, we got a call from Pioneer ask­ing to bor­row our C-HR for its booth at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show (CES). We an­swered with an em­phatic, “Yes!” How­ever, we couldn’t bring it back to Ve­gas look­ing ex­actly the same. We needed to spice things up, so we thought, “Why not have the best of both worlds and go with the other color that didn’t win the orig­i­nal poll?” A few days later, a roll of Avery Den­ni­son matte char­coal vinyl was de­liv­ered to Auto Tuned by way of Ser­vice Group Dis­tri­bu­tion, and the C-HR went to CES look­ing like a whole new an­i­mal wrapped in a com­bi­na­tion of matte gray and black.

With two ma­jor trade shows un­der its belt and be­ing able to show off both col­ors voted in the poll, our lit­tle C-HR has had quite a suc­cess­ful jour­ney. While we didn’t have the most fa­vor­able pow­er­train out of the box or the re­sources to go balls to the wall, we hope you en­joyed what we did to Toy­ota’s lat­est crossover with the cards we were dealt. If you didn’t, guess you’ll have to wait for our next Toy­ota project. Corolla hatch? RAV4? Supra? Stay tuned!

››REN­DER­ING Yel­low won the on­line poll unan­i­mously, but ev­ery­one wins thanks to Ser­vice Group Dis­tri­bu­tion and Auto Tuned for com­ing through with ver­sion 2.0 for CES!

››SEMAIt didn’t stay yel­low for long, but it def­i­nitely popped on the SEMA show floor.

››ROAD TRIPA fi­nal road trip to North­ern Cal­i­for­nia with friend Robert Chew and his C-HR low­ered on 19” TE37S.

››CESFreshly wrapped in matte gray at CES, plus fit­ted with Pioneer’s lat­est AVH-W4000NEX head unit, which fea­tures An­droid Auto Wire­less and Google As­sis­tant.

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