The 2020 Honda Odyssey Type R seems like some crazy concept. But, is the company so brave to beef up the minivan and make it more appealing to the youth? It seems like the answer is positive. Odyssey is going to bring most of the things we can imagine Type R badge could bring – colors, unique parts, and drivetrain. But, there will be more.
The minivan segment could be interesting, but for buyers looking for family vehicles. They all seems to be similar or the same. Toyota Sienna, Dodge Grand Caravan… only Chrysler Pacifica steps up with a hybrid engine. Now, the 2020 Honda Odyssey Type R is definitely a new sheriff in the town. Other companies will have to tune their MPVs to catch up with this concept. Since the Odyssey is planned for 2020, there is enough time to see the interesting battle in the minivan class.
2020 Honda Odyssey Type R Specs
The engine for the regular minivan is a 3.5-liter V-6 unit. It can deliver 280 horses and 262 lb-ft of torque. The reliable powertrain is the main option for many other Honda’s flagship models. But, the Type R requires more power. Other vehicles with this badge are using a turbo-four 2.0-liter displacement. But, it creates only 20 horses more than the standard MPV. The 2020 Honda Odyssey Type R needs extra power.
The solution could be Acura NSX is putting a twin-turbo system on the very same 3.5-liter unit. With it, the premium model is capable to produce 500 hp. Well, the 2020 Honda Odyssey Type R is not going to need so much energy, so the engine is going to be detuned to 445 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. Dual air vents will be part of the engine cooling system, as well as special brakes and suspension. The drivetrain is sending power through a six-speed automatic transmission to all wheels.
2020 Honda Odyssey Type R Interior and Exterior Upgrades
Besides specs boost, the 2020 Honda Odyssey Type R will be visually more attractive. First of all, the eye-catching parts of other models, especially Civic Type R will be installed on minivan. Black grille with huge air vents are highlights of the exterior. Nevertheless, the Odyssey Type R is going to bring unique wheels, side skirts, and spoilers. Also, the unique color scheme including gloss black with red accents will make an announcement what we can expect inside.
Of course, there are a lot of red details, stitching, and Type R badges. Sportier front wheels with many functions, completely redesigned dashboard, and leather seats are there. Well, we have to wait to see how does the company plan to make this MPV’s cabin sportier. Standard model can take eight passengers. The 2020 Honda Odyssey Type R could cut one spot in order to install more features and accessories. That would make a ride in this vehicle even more comfortable, if it is possible.
2020 Honda Odyssey Type R Price
We can compare other Type R vehicles with their parent models. Having this in mind, the 2020 Honda Odyssey Type R could cost $10k over the most expensive version of the base minivan. That is Odyssey Elite, with $47,000 price sticker. So, the new version of the MPV could start from at least $56,000.
Although this is the very impressing idea, the chances are tiny for 2020 Honda Odyssey Type R to happen. First of all, the NSX’s drivetrain is hard to make compatible to minivan category and it is way to powerful. Even if it happens, the Odyssey Type R will definitely get a 2.0-liter turbo unit. Other upgrades are not so hard to pull off. The pattern is there, fans are waiting eagerly to see some excitement, and this move could shake up a dying minivan segment.