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Honda prepares host of concepts for SEMA, including a Chevy pickup

CR-Vs, Ridgeline, Passport and Civics from various years highlight display

Published: October 31, 2019, 8:30 PM
Updated: November 4, 2019, 1:43 AM

American Honda 60th Anniversary Chevy Delivery Truck

Honda is celebrating its 60th anniversary in North America with a plethora of concepts at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, including a Chevrolet pickup.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid “Do” Build by Jsport Performance Accessories

2020 Honda CR-V Do Build by Jsport

Using a 2020 CR-V Hybrid, this “weekend warrior” offers a versatile vehicle that will retain the everyday practicality of a compact utility, yet transport owner to the nearest trailhead when it comes time to leave work behind and drive off into the weekend. Modifications include a 38-mm lift kit, 17-inch KMC off-road wheels with Nitto Terra Grappler all-terrain tires, side steps, and a Jsport roof basket with bike mount add-on.

2020 CR-V “Dream” Build by Jsport Performance Accessories

2020 Honda CR-V Dream Build by Jsport

For those wanting to go beyond the trailhead, this concept offers the get to support self-reliance on just about any trail. Modifications include the 38-mm lift kit, 17-inch KMC off-road wheels and Nitto Ridge Grappler tires and side steps, and adds a new front bumper with trail lights, swing away spare tire mount, Plateau modular roof rack from Jsport with a Roofnest Falcon clamshell rooftop tent, and cargo area organization cabinet and slide out refrigerator.

Ridgeline HFP Concept with Lifestyle Accessories

Honda Ridgeline HFP Concept

Honda Factory Performance (HFP) explores with more rugged lifestyle vehicle with Ridgeline that’s lifted and widened to give it a solid rugged stance. Concept 18-inch bronze-finish HFP alloy wheels are fitted with all-terrain tires, and the bed is fitted with an Xsporster bed rack, Kukenam 3 tent and a pair of custom Fuji mountain bikes on fork-mounts (all from Thule).

Rally Passport

2019 Honda Rally Passport

Built by Honda R&D associates in Ohio as an after-hours project, the Rally Passport was meant to showcase the performance potential of the all-new 2019 Passport, while competing in stage rally competition in the American Rally Association Limited 4WD class. Mostly for race safety, modifications included a roll cage and assorted safety equipment, Maxxis RAZR MT Tires on Braid Wheels, Carbotech brake pads, skid plates front and rear, and a manual hydraulic brake.

Heritage Chevy Truck with Vintage Cub and CB160

American Honda 60th Anniversary Chevy Delivery Truck

The faithfully restored Chevrolet half-ton pickup is a reproduction of the delivery trucks used by American Honda Motor Company as its salespeople travelled across the country to support dealers. It features period-correct trim and hand-painted lettering, and is loaded up with two motorcycles from those early days — the CB160 sport bike and the larger CB77 Super Hawk.

1968 Honda S800 Coupe “Outlaw”

1968 Honda S800 Coupe Outlaw

This custom S800 Coupe (one of the first cars Honda ever made) was built by actor/producer Daniel Wu (of Into the Badlands fame) who chose to go with the original stock engine (completely rebuilt to new condition) but added a custom exhaust from GReddy. The more aggressive look comes from having he exhaust exit halfway down the car, fender flares that broaden the body by about 101 mm (to house stock steel wheels wearing Toyo R888R tires), a custom body kit from Pandem’s Kei Miura, a custom air dam and a 51-inch lower suspension. The red leather interior features the original steering wheel, now also covered in red leather.

Honda Super Tuner Legends Series Winner: N600

1972 Honda N600

The heavily customized and award winning N600 is owned by Stephen Mines and was created over five years by Dean Williams. Power is supplied to the rear wheels by a front-mounted 800-cc V-4 motorcycle engine from a Honda VFR (complete with fuel tank and a 12,000 rpm redline). It’s all supported by a modified Mazda Miata suspension.

Jeanneret Racing and Olson Kustom Works Civic Si Drift Car

Honda Civic Si Drift Car

Built by Jeanneret Racing and Olson Kustom Works, the 10th-gen Civic Si required reorienting the K24 engine and sending 926 hp to the rear wheels in order to maximize its “drift” potential. Chassis, engine and body modifications were all performed in-house.

Super Street 2000 Civic Si Challenge Winner

Extensively modified by Super Street magazine, this 1999 Civic Si has been faithfully preserved by American Honda and has also been duplicated by Mattel as a 1:18-scale model.

Honda Tuning 2018 Civic Si Project by Super Street Magazine

2018 Honda Civic Si Super Street Project

1999 Civic Si Heritage Super Street Build

The magazine also created a 2018 Civic Si to test out various off-the-shelf aftermarket products, concentrating on the areas Civic owners would modify — intake and intercooler kit, ECU re-flash, complete turbo kit with a new downpipe, and complete front-to-rear exhaust. Interior modifications include more pronounced thigh and side bolstered seats sitting lower in the tub, adjustable length and height shifter, and adjustable gas pedal spacer — and is 100% reversible when it comes time to sell the car and parts separately.