With Honda’s HQ in Torrance, going to SEMA is a no-brainer. This time they’ve got a mystery truck concept and it’s got us intrigued.
SEMA is less than a month away and Honda, a mainstay at the Special Equipment Market Association trade show, is bringing something unique for 2018. As per an official press release they dropped earlier this week (Oct. 4, 2018) Taking center stage at the Honda booth in the Las Vegas Convention Center on Tuesday, Oct. 30 Honda is taking off the wraps on a one-off concept, “one that combines Honda’s light truck and powersports products in a way that only Honda could achieve.”
Last year Honda showcased their Honda Ridgeline Baja racer, but, for all intents and purposes, the only thing OEM Honda Ridgeline about it was the engine, and even that was twin-turbo to around 550 HP. It was sweet nonetheless and its driver managed a third-place finish in his class at the Baja 1000.
Autoblog seems to think Honda is specifically bringing out an off-road truck as per their title citing that most Honda Powersports involve dirtbikes and off-road vehicles. Honda also makes some of the best sport and superbikes out their with the CBR 1000RR and their CBR600RR, but I tend to agree with Autoblog with their off-road prediction.
While Autoblog and presumably other outlets are thinking Ridgeline, I’m going to have to bet against the house and go with this will be a 2019 Honda Passport Concept with a Twin Africa somehow stuffed inside of it, or perhaps it’s riding on its roof, I don’t know. Maybe they début the 2019 Honda Passport Concept but instead of Twin Africa’s they’ve got a CBR inside.
The Honda Passport was a badge-engineered Isuzu Rodeo that last saw production in 2002.
Earlier last month I wrote about how a Passport prototype was spotted testing in the hills of Malibu and Honda DID say that this concept is “only one that Honda could achieve.”
I’ll keep an eye on the local tuning shops in and around California, on their social media feed as surely someone is bound to know something about this unique concept.