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Honda Features: SEMA Show


author photo by Russ Heaps November 2018

Always a showcase for fantasy, performance and the just plain weird, the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas provides a stage for carmakers and aftermarket customizers to let their imaginations loose. It's a hotbed of products for automotive enthusiasts of every stripe. This year's show, held the last week in October, followed the playbook to a T.

Pursuing the goal of something for everyone, Honda arrived at this year's show with a variety of vehicles from a pedal-car concept for kids to the Honda Rugged Open-Air Vehicle Concept, the ultimate toy for grown-ups. Here's a quick rundown of some of the Honda products that were on display.

Honda Civic Type R TCR

Driven to this year's inaugural 12-race TRC Championship in the Pirelli World Challenge series by Honda driver Ryan Eversley, the Civic Type R TCR raced to five wins and 11 podium finishes. Other than modifications required for racing, the Civic Type R TCR doesn't stray too far from the showroom Type R. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine was modified to increase power to 340 horsepower, up from the stock output of 295 hp. A new 6-speed manual transmission, was added, as well as some suspension and brake modifications.

Honda Pilot Rebelle Rally

This is the Pilot that completed this year's Rebelle Rally across California and Nevada, which is an all-women event spanning eight days and 1,700 miles. The rally pits multiple two-woman teams and their rides against one another. Competing in this year's rally for Honda were Ariel Jen and Melanie Morimoto, driving a lightly modified 2019 Honda Pilot. The only significant modifications were skid plates, extra ground clearance and off-road tires. The engine, transmission and all-wheel-drive system were stock.

Honda Ridgeline Overland Project

This is what a Honda Ridgeline looks like when equipped to head deep into the outback. Jsport Performance Accessories provided many of the modifications -- most of which will be available for purchase -- that make this Ridgeline Black Edition wilderness worthy. Many of the upgrades enhance the Ridgeline's off-road capability: skid plates, off-road wheels and rubber and a leveling kit. Other components include a Plateau roof-rack system, Mesa bed rack, Honda EU2200i generator and Eagle Roofnest tent.

Honda Rugged Open-Air Vehicle Concept

Blending a Honda Ridgeline pickup with a Pioneer 1000 side-by-side ATV, the Rugged Open-Air Vehicle Concept is one of those vehicles we will probably never see in a showroom, but we wish we would. Honda was stingy with details at the SEMA unveiling, but it pulled bits and pieces from the Ridgeline, Civic Type R and Pioneer 1000 to create this off-roader.

First Honda Pedal Car

About all you need know about the First Honda Pedal Car is that it's a concept based on another concept: the 2015 Project 2&4. Constructed mainly of carbon fiber, it's 47 inches long, 24 inches high and 22 inches wide. Although it's pedal powered, it does contain a lithium-ion battery to power the lights and recharge a cell phone for that little go-getter on the move.

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Honda Features: SEMA Show - Autotrader