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2018 Toyota C-HR - Fade to Matte

Bidding farewell to our Toyota C-HR project

Jul 17, 2018

It's a sad day as we finally have to kiss our Toyota C-HR project goodbye. To recap, we picked up our C-HR as a one-year loaner, just after the CUV went on sale in the spring of '17. While its 144hp 2.0-liter and CVT tranny weren't anything to brag about, its styling had potential, especially compared to other crossovers. Add in some awesome aftermarket support from Japan and local partners, and we had ourselves a Super Street project car.

2018 toyota chr artisan spirits side spoiler Photo 2/20   |   2018 Toyota Chr Artisan Spirits Side Spoiler
2018 toyota chr artisan spirits front lip Photo 3/20   |   2018 Toyota Chr Artisan Spirits Front Lip
2018 toyota chr te37 wheels Photo 4/20   |   2018 Toyota Chr Te37 Wheels
2018 toyota chr artisan spirits rear under spoiler Photo 5/20   |   It didn't stay yellow for long, but it definitely popped on the SEMA show floor.

Now if you remember correctly, the C-HR was yellow last November on the SEMA show floor in the Car Mate/RAZO booth. It was finished with a full Artisan Spirits body kit, 20" bronze TE37s, RS-R coils, custom Borla exhaust, and Stillen big brakes. We hosted an online poll for readers to decide whether we should wrap it in something bright and yellow or subtle and gray. Yellow won the public vote, and Auto Tuned came to our aid by installing all the parts and applying the wrap. We couldn't have been happier with the result...or could we?

2018 toyota chr jon sibal rendering Photo 6/20   |   Yellow won the online poll unanimously, but everyone wins thanks to Service Group Distribution and Auto Tuned for coming through with the second wrap for CES!

Only a couple of weeks after returning from Vegas, we got a call from Pioneer asking to borrow our C-HR for its booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). We answered with an emphatic, "Yes!" However, we couldn't bring it back to the same convention center looking exactly the same. We needed to spice things up, so we thought, "Why not have the best of both worlds and go with the other color that didn't win the original poll?" A few days later, a roll of Avery Dennison matte charcoal vinyl was delivered to Auto Tuned by way of Service Group Distribution, and the C-HR went to CES looking like a whole new animal wrapped in a combination matte gray and black.

2018 toyota chr artisan spirits side spoiler Photo 7/20   |   2018 Toyota Chr Artisan Spirits Side Spoiler
2018 toyota chr pioneer head unit Photo 8/20   |   Freshly wrapped in matte gray at CES, plus fitted with Pioneer's latest AVH-W4000NEX head unit, which features Android Auto Wireless and Google Assistant.

With two major trade shows under its belt and being able to show off both colors voted in the poll, our little C-HR has had a successful journey. While we didn't have the most favorable powertrain out of the box or the resources to go balls to the wall, we hope you enjoyed what we did to Toyota's latest crossover

2018 toyota chr te37 wheels Photo 9/20   |   2018 Toyota Chr Te37 Wheels
2018 toyota chr artisan spirits kit te37 wheels Photo 13/20   |   2018 Toyota Chr Artisan Spirits Kit Te37 Wheels
2018 toyota chr volk TE37 wheels Photo 20/20   |   A final road trip to San Jose with friend Robert Chew and his C-HR lowered on 19" TE37s.

Sources

Borla
Oxnard, CA 93033
805-986-8600
www.borla.com
Pioneer Electronics
Long Beach, CA 90810
310-952-2000
www.pioneerelectronics.com
Mackin Industries
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
562-946-6820
http://www.mackinindustries.com
Cusco USA
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
714-907-0033
http://www.cuscousainc.com
Evasive Motorsports
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
626-336-3400
http://www.evasivemotorsports.com
AP Racing
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-755-6688
http://www.brake-pros.com
Continental Tire
800-847-3349
www.continentaltire.com
Jonsibal Designworks
http://www.jonsibal.com
Auto Tuned
Auto Tuned Facebook
Service Group Distribution
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
866-320-7150
http://www.servicegroupdist.com
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2018 Toyota C-HR - Fade to Matte
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Builder: Super Street
Hometown: 6.0L V12 48v EFI, dual variable valve timing
Instagram: @superstreet
Engine: 2.0L four-cylinder with Borla stainless steel dual exhaust system
Drivetrain: CVT automatic transmission
Footwork & Chassis: RS-R 36-way adjustable coilovers with 6K spring rates; Cusco front, center and rear Power Braces, front strut tower bar
Brakes: 330x28mm AP Racing forged front big brake kit with four-piston calipers; slotted rear rotors
Wheels & Tires: 20x8.5" +36 Volk Racing TE37Ultra bronze wheels; 245/35R20 Continental ExtremeContact Sport tires; KYO-EI lug nuts
Exterior: Artisan Spirits front under spoiler, side under spoiler, rear diffuser, rear gate spoiler, LED bumper garnish, over-fenders; Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film in Charcoal Matte Metallic from Service Group Distribution and applied by Auto Tuned
Interior: RAZO pedals; Pioneer head unit

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