After the Honda released the Civic Type R in the U.S., the upcoming 2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R is waiting in line to be released. In the days when the competition is strong, and where you can get various high-performance pickups, the Honda Ridgeline is the perfect candidate to be “Type-R-ified”. That means the existing Ridgeline will come with better engine, upgraded suspension and boosted interior.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R Specs and Features
The Ridgeline Type R will get the aerodynamic and sporty look with some features that will separate it from other Ridgelines. It will provide some cooling features and functional benefits. Just like on the Civic Type R model, we can expect new intakes, vents, and fins. Furthermore, the front grille and bumper are new, with the blacked-out upper grille with the red Honda emblem in the middle of it.
The hood suffered a little change as it now features a scoop for cooling the backside of the engine. However, the upcoming 2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R now features a new carbon fiber aero bits down low. It includes the side sills and front chin splitter. Like on Civic Type R, the color you can find on the wheels and aero pieces will be red. Alloy wheels are now more lightweight, with the size of 19 or 20 inches. As every other Ridgeline model, this one will include two-way tailgate, cargo bed, and in-bed trunk.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R Interior
The space inside the cabin will feature a plenty of red accents on basically everything from the steering wheel and door panels to the seats and dashboard. There is a big chance that the manufacturer will add a flat-bottom wheel as well. Honda opted for a more productive and gauge cluster with a bigger tachometer and some ancillary gauges like pressure and oil temperature.
The center stack will have plenty of room, so a new gearbox could be expected as well. New front seats made of mesh, suede, and leather are available. The back seats should not suffer any changes, except the leather treatment and some red contrast stitching. This is not an issue, as Ridgeline’s rear seats have been very comfortable so far.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R Engine
Honda is ready to boost the Ridgeline’s existing 3.5-liter V6 engine. In the normal state, this engine is making 280hp and 265 pound-feet of torque. While there is no official information about the powertrain for Ridgeline Type R, it is expected that the Honda will turbocharge this engine.
It will feed the unit with more air. With all those changes and upgrades, the 2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R will have a very powerful engine. We can only guess for now, but this midsize vehicle will get around 430hp and 410 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive will be included as well, and we are expecting that the Ridgeline will match Civic’s 0 to 60mph in 4.9 seconds. Because of the extra drag, truck’s top speed should be just a little below 170mph.
2019 Honda Ridgeline Type R Release Date and Price
Having in mind the Honda Civic Type R cost $6,000 more than its top trim, we can make some conclusions. For example, if Ridgeline’s Black Edition top trim costs $43,000, we can expect the price around $50,000.