Ridgeline is a unique truck in the US market. It sits on the unibody platform that makes the ride sportier. Well, real truckers will look for the towing machines and Honda’s pickup is not the one that provides the highest hauling potential. But, the sporty upgrades could make the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R one of the hottest trucks in the market.
The concept could finally head into production and appear as the 2021 year model. Well, the rumors are reporting about the arrival for some while, but it seems we are closer to the release date than ever. The Type R is the badge that the meanest models in Honda’s family can get. Generals of the lineup. The pickup will get the highest rank soon.
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2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R Performance
Honda’s biggest engine is a 3.5-liter V6. The base Ridgeline is already using it, as well as the other flagship models. However, the performance-oriented model will need more power and torque. Currently, the pickup sits at 280 hp and 262 lb-ft. Honda’s luxury division, Acura, delivers the hybrid setup for MDX SUV. In this case, the outputs jump to 320 hp.
Here, we will look for the possible configuration of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R. We can hear that engineers are preparing the plug-in system for this Sport Hybrid SUV. They will try to get to 400 hp with the help of an electric battery. That will be something worth of Type R badge. If engineers succeed, we will see the truck. Also, if Ridgeline Type R becomes official, be sure that the monster lays under its hood.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R Styling
We already saw a couple of renders of the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R. Well, the pickup will use the same platform as the base model. Besides the powertrain upgrades, the Type R vehicle will be easily recognizable thanks to its special details.
Renders are showing a lot of red accents all around the pickup. Bedliner and special box functions should be added. Meaner wheels are larger than the standard size. We believe that Honda will make Ridgeline more capable of off-roading with all-terrain tires and special suspension.
Inside the cabin, you can expect sporty seats, probably wrapped in leather (as well as the steering wheel). The 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R will be top of the line model with navigation, premium audio, and advanced safety features. The four-door layout is certain and the cabin can accommodate five persons. There will be a lot more details available, but at this point, we can’t predict too much.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R Release Date and Price
The new 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R is arriving after the update of the existing truck. Experts are sure the performance-oriented pickup is not going to arrive until the end of 2020. The price will depend on many things, and the most important is the engine. The plug-in hybrid is not cheap. If the truck reaches 400 horsepower, we believe the starting price is not going to be under $50,000. However, the Type R model is not going to have any competition with such power and platform.