TFLcar community, meet what is likely to be the craziest C-HR you’ve ever seen. The crossover in the video above isn’t just any C-HR. It’s the C-HR R-Tuned, by DG-Spec. It’s a 600 horsepower, front-wheel drive monster. Yes, front-wheel drive. It’s faster than a 911 GT3, Nismo GT-R, and a McLaren 650 Spyder, according to Dan Gardner of DG-Spec. This is obviously no ordinary C-HR. To wrap your head around just how such a wild crossover can exist, let’s go over some of the features.
The normal C-HR with 144 horsepower and a CVT may cart your nearest and dearest around just fine. However, DG-Spec realized that stock motor and transmission just wasn’t going to cut it. So, instead, they ditched the stock setup for a 2.4-liter 2AZ-FE engine and a 5-speed manual transmission. Now, the C-HR R-Tuned makes 600 horsepower and 550 lbs.-ft. of torque. That’s enough to catapult this machine from zero to 60 in an estimated 2.9 seconds. Just take a moment there. 2.9 seconds – that makes it every bit as fast as a 991 GT3 RS or a 488 GTB. In order to achieve that level of performance, DG-Spec runs the C-HR R-Tuned at 22 pounds of boost.
What makes that even more remarkable is the fact that all that power is going to the front wheels. Sounds like a recipe for excitement, does it not? Despite drive just going to the front, there are some performance upgrades to help get all that power down. The C-HR R-Tuned has an OS Giken limited-slip differential and 275/35/R18 Toyo RR tires to control all those wayward horses. To keep it on the ground, it has trick suspension, including triple-adjustable, remote reservoir, quick disconnect motorsport shocks. 14-inch (355 mm) Brembo rotors with four-piston calipers help bring the C-HR R-Tuned to a quick halt. The huge wing on the back generates 300 pounds of downforce to stick this crazy crossover to the track.
The C-HR R-Tuned: Coming to your local dealer…never, probably.
As expected, the C-HR R-Tuned won’t be gracing the showroom of your local Toyota dealer anytime soon. It’s a shame, since – by DG-Spec’s claim – there are only five production cars in the world faster than this. Honestly, while the aftermarket tends to push the limits of what’s physically possible, it does show just what the C-HR’s chassis can handle. Maybe we can convince Toyota to release it’s own hotter version of it’s smallest crossover? Just a thought.
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