Most automakers will wait until April 1st to try to trick the internet into thinking that they’re launching new vehicles. Not Honda, though, so say hello to the CR-V Roadster.
We’ll just play along and tell you that it builds upon the same platform as the regular CR-V, and doesn’t’ feature a roof. This makes it “a no-top rather than a drop-top”, says Honda, and “a vehicle purely for sunnier climates”.
Structural rigidity reduced by 100% – should we leave it?
It was created by removing the B and C pillars by the company’s “PR team and an angle grinder”, and as a result, its structural rigidity was reduced by 100 percent.
It’s half the car, so it should cost half the price, right?
This makes it “completely undriveable”, and since “customers are only getting half the car”, “prices are expected to start from half the current price of the CR-V“, once it goes on sale on April 1.
“This is a bold new direction for the CR-V, and opens up an entirely new non-existent market”, commented Eipurirufūru (Japanese for ‘April Fool’), Future Opportunity Occupational Lead. “Our sales target is somewhat conservative to start with, at zero cars, but we are confident that once the minor glitches are ironed out, such as the lack of roof and the fact it is totally structurally unsound, the car will fly out of showrooms.”
No, this isn’t a render, it’s 100% real
Rather than rendering the current CR-V and making it a convertible, Honda chose to chop the roof off a real model, as it can be seen in the video that follows.
And while this is all a joke for the Japanese automaker, it’s serious business over at Volkswagen. The German brand has already announced plans for a T-Roc Cabriolet, which will arrive in 2020. This is no April Fools’ Day joke, as the drop-top crossover should be presented in late 2019 or early 2020, before hitting the assembly lines at the Osnabruck facility in the second half of 2020.