No seriously, it does!
Honda just released a new teaser for a race car based on the CR-V Hybrid. Yes, you read that correctly; a frugal crossover is being transformed into a race car. The previous teaser did not reveal much, but this latest video lets us hear what the car will sound like.
Spoiler alert: it's fantastic. Honda ditched the 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine from the standard CR-V Hybrid in favor of something more punchy.
Details about the engine being used are minimal, but it will produce around 800 horsepower. That's a fair bit more than the 204 ponies found in the production model, though we doubt this race car will get 43 mpg in the city. The best part is the CR-V Hybrid Racer sounds like an F1 car. And judging by the shifts, this car is not using the stock CR-V's eCVT.
Along with that glorious exhaust note, the new teaser reveals a few more angles that were previously unseen. These include a more finished-looking front end with a massive splitter. The car is now finished in a red and blue livery with the word "hybrid" finished in a light blue contrasting with a red Honda badge. Though it's tough to see with all the dust from the proving grounds, the back of the livery is mostly red.
The interior looks completely stripped out to save weight, with no concessions made for comfort. This crossover wasn't built with grocery trips in mind. The comfy leather chairs have been replaced with racing buckets along with a carbon fiber racing steering wheel and a full roll cage. Any storage space behind the front seats appears to be taken up by mechanical bits.
We can't wait to see the car revealed in full, and fortunately the wait won't be much longer. Honda will reveal the CR-V Hybrid Racer on February 28, 2023. Stay tuned for coverage of the exciting debut.
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