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Honda unveiled the WR-V Turbo in Brazil. Revealed at a media drive event of the new Honda Civic Si, the one-off WR-V Turbo was a surprise to many. The sporty WR-V will be used as a pace car in the IndyCar racing stage set to be held in Brazil.
Compared to the Honda WR-V we get in India, the WR-V Turbo features a lot of cosmetic and performance modifications. The crossover sits noticeably low on a set of larger and wider wheels.
The Honda WR-V Turbo is powered by a 1.5-litre turbocharged i-VTEC unit, producing 165bhp and 190Nm of torque. The Indian variant of the WR-V makes just 90bhp, the Brazilian-spec makes a good 115bhp and 146Nm of torque from its 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated i-VTEC engine.
Honda claims that the turbocharged power plant of the Honda WR-V Turbocan handle power figures over 210bhp by varying the boost pressure. This gives it enough grunt to lead the IndyCar contestants.
The WR-V Turbo gets a red-black-white combination paint job, along with blacked-out elements. There are no bits of chrome like on the Indian version.
There are no changes in the body panels, except for the addition of a rear spoiler. But since the car sits a lot lower, the WR-V Turbo gives a really good stance. Even the exhaust system has been given an upgrade.
The pace car rides on a set of 17-inch alloy wheels, wrapped with 215/45 R17 Continental ExtremeContact tyres. The 5-spoke design looks really good.
Along with this, the Honda WR-V Turbo is fitted with larger disc brakes on all four wheels. The chassis also gets a new stiffer and balanced suspension system.
Inside, the WR-V Turbo gets race buckets from Sparco with a four-point harness on the driverside. The dashboard remains identical to the regular (Brazilian-spec) WR-V.
On the contrary, the India-spec petrol Honda WR-V is powered by a 1.2-litre i-VTEC engine, good for just 89bhp and 110Nm of torque.
Thoughts On The Honda WR-V Turbo Pace Car
Although the WR-V Turbo is a one-off product from the Japanese auto-giant, it sheds light on the possibility of an affordable sporty Honda. It would be brilliant if Honda Car India could introduce a turbocharged version of the 1.2-litre unit found in the WR-V. However, the company had shared that there are no plans to make such sporty models, in a recent press conference.
Hence, the Honda WR-V Turbo will forever be a mad Honda, which India will never get.
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