The competition in the segment of mid-size pickup trucks is getting stronger these days, so it seems normal that every manufacturer is seeking a new way to stand out. In most cases, truck makers are offering more and more off-road capable models or new diesel versions that can tow anything. Due to its base design, Ridgeline updates definitely can’t go in that directions. On the other side, it can offer something that others can’t, a hi-performance on-road machine. Therefore, it’s no wonder that we can find a lot of reports these days that suggest we could see the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R.
That would be a hi-performance version of the truck, which would come with significant engine boost, but with other kinds of updates as well. At this point, the company is still quiet about this model, so we must rely on rumors. Therefore, take the following articles with a big reserve.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R Engine
Of course, the first thing that comes to mind with such versions in the hearts of every vehicle, the engine. The standard Ridgeline is available with just one engine in the offer. It is a well-known 3.5-liter V6, which is good for about 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R would require significantly more power.
At this point, it is hard to talk about details, but we may presume that the new version would feature the same engine, boosted with a turbocharger. We can’t talk about exact numbers, but some reports suggest a max output of more than 400 horsepower, which is definitely enough power to stand out in this segment. Along with other mechanical modifications, this can turn the Ridgeline into a real racer.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R Redesign
This is a pretty unique pickup truck on the market. With a unibody platform, it acts more like a crossover than a real truck. This particularly refers to driving characteristics. The Ridgeline is more comfortable than any other truck on the market. Also, handles much better and that is the thing that can improve even more in the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R. Of course, the first modification that comes to mind is a new suspension setup.
A lot of parts should be replaced here and we may presume that the new model would feature less ground clearance. In practice, this means a lower center of gravity, which ensures better cornerings, acceleration, braking and overall performances. Due to significantly more engine power, we also count on new brakes, while modifications that can save some pounds are expected as well.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R Styling
When it comes to the styling, there’s no doubt that the new model would come with lots of details that emphasize its sporty character. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the addition of a completely new body kit. New bumpers, as well as things like the front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts etc. are the things we definitely expect to see. Also, we count on new, bigger wheels with lower-profile tires, as well as various other styling details, including a new grille design. Of course, the familiar shape will remain. The 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R will come in a crew cab body style, the only body style that’s available.
Interior modifications are expected as well. Once again, it’s early to talk about details, but we may count on all those things that are typical for Type R models. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind are all those red accents. We also count on sports seats and other details that would accentuate the model’s sporty character. Still, the base layout would remain pretty much the same. That means the same cabin design, which is characterized by a spacious cabin and a high level of comfort. An exclusive list of standard features also seems natural.
Release Date and Price
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R is just a rumor at the moment. However, may report already suggests it could arrive already by the end of 2020. If it ever arrives, we presume that the base price would go somewhere between 45.000 and 50.000 dollars.