- Honda Performance Development teases a race-ready CR-V with 800 hp hybrid power.
- The teaser shows off the SUV’s bespoke carbon fiber bodywork, a large front splitter and rear diffuser and a large rear wing.
- Honda Performance Development neglected to announce any official events that this petrol-electric CR-V racer might compete in.
Honda Performance Development seems determined to push the performance limits of the 2023 CR-V Top 10 winner. The Japanese automaker’s racing and performance arm teased the 800 hp race-ready CR-V to whet fans’ appetite for high-powered four-wheeled machinery. Why CR-V? We don’t know, but we theorize that family man Dominic Toretto may have commissioned this machine that practically screams “I’m a father, but I’m still living life one quarter mile at a time.”
HPD revealed few details about the vehicle itself, sharing only that it is being developed with the Auto Development Center team and that motivation comes from a gasoline-electric powertrain that produces a mind-boggling 800 horsepower. We assume this CR-V launches from the factory with the SUV’s available 204 hp hybrid powertrain. Then again, it might have the standard 190-hp four-cylinder. Or HPD simply pulls the white body off the assembly line before the mass-produced power plant is ever assembled. For now, HPD keeps such information confidential.
Fans Where’s Waldo? will have gas trying to see the production piece of this SUV in this teaser photo. From what we can tell, the taillights and hatch appear to be stock pieces, as do the headlights and grille. Otherwise, other pieces of this CR-V look unique. Most—if not all—of the CR-V’s body panels look as if they were custom pieces of carbon fiber, including the flared front and rear fenders. Aerodynamic bits dominate the front and rear ends. This includes a group of submarines and rear wings large enough to get its own representation in Congress.
HPD only supplied one shot of the interior of this CR-V, but it looks like the stock interior is completely gone. Meanwhile, the addition of a roll cage should provide an extra layer of safety for those sitting in this hot hybrid SUV. Look for HPD to share more about its CR-V racer when it reveals the vehicle on February 28.
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