What do you get when you take the body and suspension from a Ridgeline and make it into a side-by-side?
Meet the merger of a traditional side-by-side and a mass-market light truck: the Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle Concept. To create this SEMA build, Honda took the body and suspension from a Ridgeline and grafted on the doors from a Pioneer 1000 side-by-side. The bed and tailgate panels are custom built to fit the larger truck chassis, while Honda R&D reskinned the seats from a Civic Type R for this Rugged Open Air Concept.
Strangely, Honda doesn’t mention what’s powering the Rugged Open Air Concept. The standard Pioneer 1000 comes with a 999cc fuel-injected engine making 72 horsepower, hooked up to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. That seems a bit weak for a much larger concept – given the Ridgeline’s contributions to the concept, the Rugged Open Air side-by-side may pack the truck’s 3.5-liter V6 engine as well.
As you’d expect, this Rugged Open Air concept has skid plates all over the place and definitely looks like it can kick up some serious dirt off-road. In fact, it looks like a noteworthy rival for the Polaris RZR XP 4 Turbo S. And as luck would have it, we just published an epic off-road race that shows just how remarkable that side-by-side is off-road. Check it out below!
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