Toyota Shows That It Can Be Cool With This 600-HP Manual CUV

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This is the type of thing Toyota should really build to add some excitement to the brand.

We've already seen some badass creations at this year's SEMA show in Las Vegas. Some of the highlights include a 600 hp supercharged F-150 from RTR, as well as a supercharged Chevy Silverado from GM. Toyota didn't want to be left out of the fun, so it decided to bring a 600 hp concept car as well. The only difference is that Toyota didn't bring a full-size pickup truck to the show. Instead, Toyota decided to base its SEMA concept on the C-HR crossover. The concept is called the C-HR R-Tuned, and it has completely caught us by surprise.

The regular C-HR isn't exactly what we'd call a good base for building a fast concept car. The stock crossover is powered by a sluggish 2.0-liter four-cylinder with just 144 hp. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission and takes a woeful 11 seconds to hit 60 mph while returning "ok" fuel economy. The concept was built by Dan Garder Spec (DG-Spec), who has worked some serious magic on this boring crossover. The stock engine and transmission were ditched entirely, and the car was given a multitude of upgrades. The new engine isn't all that new. DG-Spec used a Toyota 2AZ-FE engine, which can be found in Camry models from 2002 to 2011 as well as several other Toyota models.

The 2.4-liter engine is far from stock, with forged internals, a titanium and Inconel valvetrain, and a Garrett turbocharger producing 23 psi. The five-speed manual transmission is also modified, with a OS Giken limited-slip differential. The end result is 600 hp, which can rocket the C-HR R-Tuned up to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds. This concept can stop on a dime thanks to front four-piston Brembo calipers with 14-inch rotors. It can also handle well thanks to adjustable shocks and 275-mm tires on all four corners. The interior has been gutted to fit racing seats and a roll cage. It's kind of a shame that Toyota will never really build something like this, much like Nissan never built the Juke-R.

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