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The forthcoming 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R is exactly what the mid-size segment needs at the moment. As you probably know, this segment is packed with some astonishing models. On top of that, most of the manufacturers are already offering high-performance variants. Now, Ridgeline Type R could put Honda in a very good position.
On top of that, it seems like a reasonable move. Ridgeline definitely looks like the perfect candidate for the Type R version. This pickup will arrive later next year. It will offer new suspension and a more powerful engine. On top of that, expect more sportiness and much more premium interior design.
When it comes to design, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R will look very sporty. That means new and better aerodynamics. On top of that, mid-size pickup will get new features. Some of those features will be larger than on the regular model. Larger air intakes and larger vents are a must. The front end will get a blacked-out grille and bolder bumpers. Whatsoever, Honda will deliver similar styling cues as on its Civic Type R. Hood comes with a larger scoop and three-section grille will look astonishing.
The body will wear more carbon fiber materials and plenty of red accents. Ridgeline Type R will also get standard 19-inch rims. Of course, the customers can buy optional and larger 20-inch wheels. As for the rear part, not many details are available at the moment. However, we can expect a two-way tailgate and the in-bed trunk.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R Interior
From the inside, Ridgeline is a very spacious mid-size pickup truck. Type R model will offer the same amount of space. However, Honda will deliver very upscale design with plenty of premium stuff. Leather upholstery includes leather seats, door panels and the steering wheel. Moreover, red accents are all over the place.
The 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R will get a new and sportier steering wheel. A flat-bottom unit is very certain to happen. Furthermore, the manufacturer will offer a new gauge cluster and larger tachometer. The list of upgrades continues with the clutch pedal and new gearshift. The cabin is very driver-oriented and most of the features and systems are easy to reach and use. Comfort is guaranteed and we can expect a much quieter and pleasant ride.
Powertrain To Produce 450 Horsepower
The most interesting part of every Type R model is its engine. There were a couple of solutions. However, developing a new engine is not an option. For that reason, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R will most likely deploy an existing powertrain. The base model is using a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 HP and 262 lb-ft of torque.
The same engine could make the production in Type R variant. However, the same engine could suffer a couple of modifications. Installing a turbocharger will help this powertrain to produce 450 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. On top of that, the engine will feature a new direct-injection fuel system and the new VTEC system. Thanks to all of these upgrades, Ridgeline Type R will offer great acceleration and top speed. Honda will also offer a standard all-wheel-drive system as standard.
2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R Price and Release Date
The forthcoming 2021 Honda Ridgeline Type R will cost more than the range-topping Black Edition trim level. Black Edition currently costs $44,000 and Type R version will be priced at $50,000. Honda’s first high-performance pickup truck will hit the dealerships in the second half of 2020. Ridgeline Type R will compete against Ford Ranger Raptor and Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.