After a success of Civic Type R, Honda is planning to make few more models in this variant. This performance-tuned vehicle offers special engine, suspension, brakes. Not only that, but the styling is more aggressive. Shockingly, the Japanese carmaker could launch high-performance pickup truck. Rumors about 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R are close to coming true. If this happens, this model could be the most interesting product of 2018 season.
Rendering and sketches of Ridgeline Type R are already available. However, official information is missing. Quiet could be understood as no, but as well as tacit consent. Nevertheless, base Ridgeline will be a base for this model. But, except the shell and few other parts, Type R will bring all its equipment. Interior will be sportier. Exterior details will come in special colors. Also, performance is going to be high above standard truck.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R Engine and Specs
Standard offer for Ridgeline truck is a 3.5-l V-6 engine, which is capable to deliver 280 hp and 260 pound-feet of torque. For 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R, power supplier could be the same drivetrain with slight modifications. First of all, engineers could add a turbocharger. Also, the supercharger is another option. With these, super-truck could reach a target of at least 350 hp.
This power goes through a 6-speed automatic gearbox to all wheels. Either turbo- or supercharger will have cost in mileage. While standard pickup can make 22 mpg combined, Type R will hardly achieve 20 mpg.
Ridgeline Type R borrows an engine from Baja Racing truck?
The last and the least certain possibility is a Twin-Turbo EcoBoost V-6 drivetrain, used by Ridgeline Baja racing pickup. In these series, drivetrain goes wild with 550 hp. Nevertheless, Honda Ridgeline Type R is for street and off-road drive, so there is no need for such amount of power. But, who knows? Nothing can surprise us from this carmaker.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R Unique Styling
The 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R will carry a lot of specially-designed details. The front fascia is aggressive and sharp. The grille is black, with matte underlines. Fenders and hood are perfectly and smoothly assembled. Of course, on few spots, we will find Type R badge. Also, red color, as a trademark of these series, will be present in many details.
Interior and Comfort
The genuine black leather is the main material for the interior. Red stitching and other details are making the cabin elegant and stylish. With so many upgrades on the way, Ridgeline Type R will be safer and more comfortable. Front seats are unique. Climate control is in three zones, and Connect infotainment is upgraded.
2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R Price and Release
Base models of the 2018 Honda Ridgeline Type R cost around $30,000. The RTL-E and Black Edition are the most expensive versions with a price tag over $40,000. Even if Ridgeline appears in a hybrid variant, it will be cheaper than Type R. Performance-tuned truck will take the top position with performance and price. It is going to cost at least $50,000. The debut of the Honda Ridgeline Type R will happen in second half of 2018.