After years of waiting, Honda released Civic Type R model to the U.S. and after a huge success, Honda is ready to “Type R-ify” the Ridgeline model. The upcoming 2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R is all set for a hotter engine, bolstered interior and upgraded exterior.
Even if nothing is official yet, 2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R is on the cards as per images that appear online. Firstly introduced in 2016, the model Ridgeline made an instant impact in the pickup segment, and now this model will get its first Type R mark, that brings better performance, and even more off-road capabilities.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R Exterior is Fascinating
The special model that is made for improved performance is nothing without sporty stance. The 2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R will come with some aerodynamic tweaks but the overall body will remain the same. The functional benefits are expected and we’ll have to wait and see if Honda is ready to bring even more amenities like cooling features, improved air intakes, and air vents. However, the front part will almost for certain feature the grille and bumper design that can be found on Civic Type R model.
The lower grille is crome two-section, while the upper grille comes in black color. The iconic Honda emblem sits in the middle of it. The hood offers a small scoop for cooling the V6 engine, and even the fender vents are the same as on Civic Type R. Red accents are also present on some aero pieces, wheels, and badges. When it comes to wheels, light-weight alloys are probably from 19 to 20-inches.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R Interior made with quality
The base model of Ridgeline have such a praised interior, and the new model 2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R is no exception. Tons of red accents sits on the door panels and seats, probably on the steering wheel and dash as well. The flat-bottom wheel is there too, and the gauge cluster will be more visual than usual. A larger tachometer with few smaller gauges for pressure and oil temperature is another cue that everyone expects.
The gearshift is another thing to discuss, as many customers are wishing for a manual transmission and a clutch pedal. The center console is great looking and the positioning of a new gear shifter shouldn’t be a problem.
Seats are comfortable with suede and leather upholstery. The rear seats should obtain a black leather with red contrast stitching. Just like on Civic Type R, the rear seats are going to be more than comfortable.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R Engine makes 450 HP
You can forget about a regular 3.5-liter V6, as 2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R is a performance vehicle more than anything else. When we put that into the numbers, 280 HP isn’t enough like in base model. However, in this case, the Honda will bring a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. This engine will make 450 HP and 420 lb-ft of torque. The similar drivetrain is powering the Ford Raptor model.
All this is nothing without an all-wheel-drive setup, so anything less than that would come as a disappointment. With these numbers, the new Honda Ridgeline Type R would hit 0 to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. This is very stunning for a pickup. Top speed is score 170 mph.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R Price and Release Date
The all-new 2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R will cost around 6,500 more than the top-range Black Edition model. The same thing happened with Civic Type R, so Ridgeline is no difference.
If Black Edition Ridgeline cost $43,500, the Type R model will cost slightly over $50,000. Latest “Type R-ified” Honda’s pickup will go on sale at some point in 2019.