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This Is The Next Best Thing To A Toyota RAV4 GR

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This RAV4 body kit shows what a hardcore variant could look like.

Back in November at the 2019 LA Auto Show, the Toyota RAV4 Prime was unveiled as the fastest and most powerful RAV4 ever made, boasting a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine with a lithium-Ion battery, a booster converter, and two electric motors producing a combined output of 302 horsepower. That's 83 more hp than the standard RAV4, enabling the SUV to sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.8 seconds.

Impressively, this makes the RAV4 Prime the second-fastest Toyota after the 2020 Toyota GR Supra. A new SE trim also adds an exclusive front grille design and front lower spoiler to give the RAV4 a sportier look.

Kuhl Racing
Kuhl Racing
Kuhl Racing

If, however, you want a RAV4 that stands out from the crowd, Japanese tuner Kuhl Racing has given the popular SUV a radical makeover with its new body kit. If you've never heard of Kuhl Racing, the tuner is best-known for its eye-catching gold-plated Nissan GT-R.

At the front, Kuhl Racing has added a front spoiler lip and a new grille, while new side skirts give the RAV4 a sportier look. Elsewhere, a new quad exhaust system and a larger spoiler have been fitted to the rear. The modified RAV4 also rides on 19-inch wheels and sits lower to the ground thanks to a suspension lowering kit.

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Kuhl Racing
Kuhl Racing
Kuhl Racing

No modifications have been made under the hood, but Kuhl Racing's creation looks like the next best thing to a Toyota RAV4 GR. Speaking of which, Toyota is reportedly developing a sporty GR version of the RAV4 with increased on-road performance.

It's expected to arrive in 2021, but it hasn't been confirmed if the RAV4 GR will be sold in the US. Don't expect any power increases, however. Like the TRD versions of the Camry and Avalon sold in the US, the Toyota RAV4 GR is expected to boast better handling rather than improved performance.

Kuhl Racing
Kuhl Racing

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