If we can rely on the latest reports, it looks like the Japanese manufacturer is working on something very interesting with its famous truck. The current generation of the Ridgeline has been around for a couple of years and it looks like the company plans to introduce a version that will be called the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R.
Due to the famous badge, it is quite easy to conclude that this will be a performance version of the popular truck. Therefore, we count on a lot of novelties in this one. Typically for performance models, this one will also come with a more powerful engine. Besides more power, we expect to see a lot of work in terms of chassis, as well as a fine amount of aesthetical updates. Allegedly, this version should come this or in the next year. Still, keep in mind that the following paragraphs are based on rumors and unofficial reports.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Design
Hi-performance trucks are a pretty common thing these days. Some of them are designed to provide excellent off-road capabilities, while the others are real street racers. The Ridgeline never had some spectacular working capabilities, so we have no doubt that the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R will belong to this second group of performance trucks. Therefore, we count on a lot of mechanical upgrades. Of course, most of the work will be about chassis and suspension.
First of all, we count on completely new suspension setup. The new version will sit lower, with a lower center of gravity and performance coils, shocks and other parts. Such a design will provide better cornerings, as well as acceleration and braking. Speaking of the braking, we have no doubt that the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R will come with a completely new set of brakes as well.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Styling
For most drivers, all these performance improvements don’t mean too much if there is no styling that follows such driving characteristics. Therefore, we count on a lot of upgrades in terms of aesthetics. The first thing that comes to mind is body kit. We have no doubt that the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R will come with completely new bumpers and things that typically aren’t parts of a truck.
Of course, we are talking about things like the front splitter, rear diffuser, side skirts etc. As we already mentioned, the new version will sit much lower, which will definitely have a positive effect on the overall visual appeal. Of course, you can count on new wheels as well, on rims with more inches in diameter and lower-profile tires. Finally, expect to see a new grille, in a typical Type R layout, as well as the famous white finish in the offer.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Interior
Count on a fine number of interior changes as well. Of course, the overall layout will remain the same but expect to see a lot of details that will make it clear that you’re sitting in a Type R version. Therefore, it won’t be a surprise if we see a new instrument cluster. This would probably mean something with a bigger tachometer and more gauges like temperature and oil pressure indicators. Count on typical Type R seats, in a typical sporty layout with familiar red stitching. Rear seats probably won’t change too much, with the exception of the same stitching details.
Other than that, we should see a bunch of “Type R” logos around the cabin, as well as a unique list of standard equipment.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Engine and Performances
This aspect of the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R is completely in a domain of speculations. Base versions of this truck come with a familiar 3.5-liter V6 that delivers around 280 horsepower. This is a pretty respectable amount of power, but most car enthusiasts would expect more from a Type R-badged model. Therefore, we count on a significant power increase.
One thing is common for all Honda engines. All of them have a lot of potentials for tuning. Therefore, we have no doubt that the company can easily get two times more power. Some reports suggest that Honda will offer a turbo version of this V6 engine. There are reports that also estimate a max output. According to most of them, the 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R could easily get 450 horsepower. With such amount of power and an upgraded AWD system, we have no doubt that performances would be spectacular. Considering the vehicle’s weight, we are pretty sure it would be able to hit 60 in less than 5 seconds.
2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R Release Date
The 2020 Honda Ridgeline Type R is just a rumor at the moment and chances to hit the market are pretty small. Still, there are many reports that suggest its arrival already this or in the next year. If it ever arrives, we presume it would cost around 50.000 dollars.