This Is the New Honda Ridgeline, Kinda

Mark Stevenson
by Mark Stevenson
this is the new honda ridgeline kinda

Have you recently wondered, “What would the face of the redesigned Civic look like plastered on a desert-ready racing truck?” Honda has your number. This is the new Ridgeline.

Except it’s not.

The Japanese automaker announced its return to the Baja 1000 at SEMA on Tuesday and revealed the machine that will carry HPD’s HR35TT race engine — a 550 horsepower, a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 — across the finish line.

Underneath its lightweight body, the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck is exactly that — a tube-frame racing truck with nearly nothing in common with the vehicle with which it shares its name. However, that twin-turbo V-6 does have the same block, cylinder heads and crankshaft as the engine found in the future Honda pickup.

The next-generation Ridgeline will debut in the first half of 2016, Honda said in the release.

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  • Stuki Stuki on Nov 03, 2015

    Poor Civic. If it ain't slammed, it's jacked up.... Boring old me thinks the new Civic looks plenty good enough at standard ride height.

  • ArialATOMV8 ArialATOMV8 on Nov 04, 2015

    Hopefully this means a sign that we'll get a "real" Ridgeline

  • Syke Nine comments and Tassos hasn't jumped in screaming about what a garbage car this is?
  • The Oracle The Spyder and Ryker platforms are great for folks who want an open air experience but may not want it on 2 wheels. I’ve had a Spyder RS-S since new in 2012 and it’s a fun machine with the manual transmission. When ridden hard, fuel economy goes well below 36mpg, but 2-up riding is great and the frunk is great for running errands.
  • The Oracle These pricing pressures have been around for decades and the traditional ICE supply base is about to be upended.
  • Druni Thanks. Great.
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