We have no qualms about saying the Toyota C-HR isn’t a very good crossover. We drove it earlier this year, and we didn’t like it. That being said, we do like the C-HR R-Tuned that Toyota showed off at SEMA. According to Toyota, this 600 horsepower monster can beat supercars around Willow Springs International Raceway’s nine-turn road course. The car posted a 1:25:22 lap time. For reference, a Lamborghini Huracan clocked a 1:25:17, just besting the special C-HR.

Toyota C-HR R-Tuned side

Obviously, the C-HR R-Tuned has a lot more on it than a fancy body kit. Dan Gardner of DG-Spec kicked the C-HR’s stock 144-horsepower engine to the curb and went to work taking the C-HR from a boring crossover to one of the most interesting cars to be seen this year. He added an engine from the original Scion tC and fitted a manual transmission to it.

Toyota C-HR R-Tuned front

Here are some of the details of the C-HR R-Tuned:

  • A sport-tuned 2.4-liter engine with a Garrett turbocharger that makes 23 psi of boost. The engine produces 600 hp and 550 lb-ft of torque.
  • The Toyota E-Series five-speed manual transmission works with a limited-slip differential to get all that power down to the wheels.
  • Toyota claims the C-HR R-Tuned can go from 0-60 mph in just 2.9 seconds.
  • Providing stopping power are four-piston Brembo brakes and 14-inch rotors.
  • The suspension has been updated, and the vehicle has remote-reservoir adjustable shocks at each corner. This paired with the wider than stock tires, help make it handle better than most sports cars.
  • The exterior has been updated with a lot of aerodynamic elements. Toyota claims that altogether this makes 300 lbs of downforce at 100 mph.
  • Inside the vehicle, it’s all business. It’s been stripped down and made race ready, featuring race harnesses and not much else.

This is a one-off project for Toyota and DG-Spec, but we hope that it’s opened up Toyota’s eyes and made it clear to them that the C-HR is about as interesting as dry toast. It would seem that Toyota has a pretty good platform in the C-HR, and although we’re not thrilled with the styling, we would like to see the company come out with a high-performance production C-HR sometime in the future.

Toyota C-HR R-Tuned badge

Toyota C-HR R-Tuned engine

Toyota C-HR R-Tuned Interior

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