Close up photo of the R-Tuned badge found of the Toyota C-HR concept at SEMA 2017

Toyota SEMA concept vehicle outpaces many exotic (expensive) models

High-Performance Toyota C-HR R-Tuned at SEMA 2017

Everyone at White River Toyota just loves the 2018 Toyota C-HR. The all-new compact crossover SUV just exudes personality and excellent in-class capability. We are always surprised at how people react to the newest member of the Toyota crossover lineup the first time they take a look at one. Last week, we promised to bring you the most exciting Toyota exhibits from the 2017 SEMA show, currently underway in Las Vegas. As of now, the high-performance Toyota C-HR R-Tuned at SEMA 2017 is the most exciting development. When you see what this one-off experimental version of the Toyota C-HR is capable of, you may not believe your eyes.

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We’re not going to tell you that the Toyota C-HR R-Tuned is basically a stock model with a few bolt-on accessories added to it. The DG-Spec team working on the C-HR R-Tuned gave the car a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that gets an additional 23 psi boost to make more than 600 horsepower. As great at the standard continuously variable transmission is in the regular production version of the C-HR, the high-performance concept needs something a little more robust. The new R-Tuned version uses a five-speed Toyota E-Series manual transmission. During the testing and evaluation phase of the Toyota C-HR R-Tuned, it posted a lap time of one minute, 25.22 seconds at Willow Springs International Raceway in California.

Front left quarter view of the Toyota C-HR R-Tuned concept at a race track
A rear quarter view of the R-Tuned Toyota C-HR with its custom high rear wing

“The C-HR R-Tuned has been to the track every month since we started the project late last year,” DG-Spec owner Dan Gardner said in a press release. “It’s probably been subjected to more real-world tests than just about any car built for SEMA. It’s not just a show concept but a track-worthy performance vehicle, and I can’t wait to see what people at SEMA and beyond think!”

Stay tuned to the White River Toyota Blog to see what else comes from the automaker at this year’s SEMA show, which wraps up on Friday. If you’d like to take a 2018 Toyota C-HR for a test drive, make an appointment with a dealership representative today.