According to Toyota C-HR’s main engineer Hiro Koba, the brand is now seriously considering the development of a high-performance version to be pitted against the Nissan Juke Nismo.
The quirky crossover is not even out across dealerships but the company is already considering the hotter version – though it hasn’t received the greenlight just yet. Koba did say he was rooting and “pushing to make such a car” and he’s not alone in doing so because Toyota Motor Europe Senior Manager Rembert Serrus also believes a “sports version would make a lot of sense” – though it still “depends on how much we have to change.” There isn’t much information to go about the hardcore C-HR but reports are coming in of a track-ready C-HR taking up the Nürburgring 24 Hour endurance race next month.
Toyota is going to be looking at fans reacting to the track-only model and then if the impact is positive they could turn a road-going version. It could be specked very close to the racer, which has under the hood a turbocharged 1.5-liter engine that delivers about 178 horsepower. If you forgot, the Toyota C-HR was introduced this March during the Geneva Motor Show as a subcompact crossover. Designed and engineered as a “powerful new presence in the crossover market” we can read between the lines and see the quirky design is a direct reaction to the funky Juke. The C-HR uses the Toyota New Global Architecture and can use the Prius powertrain, being the first hybrid in the segment.