Driving the Race-Prepped, 600-Horsepower Toyota C-HR R-Tuned | Test Drive | Edmunds

Driving the Race-Prepped, 600-Horsepower Toyota C-HR R-Tuned | Test Drive | Edmunds

What does it take to turn the subcompact and fuel-efficient Toyota C-HR into a race car? That’s what Toyota sought to find out with the C-HR R-Tuned. Built by Toyota partner DG-Spec, this car is no longer a friendly commuter — it now sports as much as 600 horsepower and 300 pounds of downforce. To prove its credibility, Toyota invited Edmunds Senior Writer Carlos Lago to Willow Springs International Raceway for a closer look and a brief Test Drive.

Q: Does the Toyota C-HR R-Tuned really make 600 hp?
A: That’s what DG-Spec says, and we’re inclined to believe it when you look at the lap times. The C-HR R-Tuned didn’t make that much power when we drove it because the team detuned the engine so it could withstand multiple Drivers of varying skill levels.

Q: How did they make it so powerful?
A: The team swapped the stock engine, a 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder, for a larger 2.4-liter engine that’s built to withstand the additional power generated by a turbocharger. The team also ditched the continuously variable automatic transmission for a five-speed manual.

Q: What makes this C-HR a race car?
A: There’s no set definition but rather a series of attributes that culminate in this fact: You wouldn’t want to Drive it on the road. The interior is bare metal and there are no front windows. The front splitter scrapes on the ground. The rear wing makes so much downforce that the team had to add bracing to the liftgate so it wouldn’t warp. And so on.

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Driving the Race-Prepped, 600-Horsepower Toyota C-HR R-Tuned | Test Drive | Edmunds

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