Honda Baja Race Truck Hints at 2017 Honda Ridgeline Styling
At SEMA 2015, Honda brought out their Ridgeline Baja Race Truck with the announcement that the brand will be returning to Baja racing. The off-road prepped race truck was decked out in a red, white, and gray paint scheme on a fully purpose-built tube-frame. There’s nothing stock about this Honda, and it looks ready rip up the dunes. This race truck was developed by Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Honda R&D Americas’ Los Angeles Design Studio.
Powering the Ridgeline Baja Race Truck is HPD’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 race engine that’s capable of over 550 horsepower. The same engine block, cylinder heads, and crank shaft will power the second-generation Honda Ridgeline when it hits showrooms next year. Proper race suspension and huge mud tires give the race truck a very functional stance.
Safety is Priority
For race cars and trucks, safety is of utmost importance. The Ridgeline Baja Race Truck doesn’t skimp on safety equipment, either. The cockpit has a proper roll cage, fire extinguishers, and there’s even spare tires and tools in the truck bed. With this amount of thought put into the safety of the race truck, you can expect Honda to implement the highest safety measures in their production passenger vehicles, as well.
The Next-Generation Honda Ridgeline
Despite all of these off-road racing modifications, Honda’s Baja Race Truck is an early indication of the next-generation 2017 Honda Ridgeline that’s set to be introduced in the first half of 2016. Based on the current design language of Honda’s highly popular vehicles like the 2016 Honda Accord and 2016 Honda Civic, it is safe to say that Honda’s only pickup truck will look more aggressive and perform better than ever before.
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline may not be available just yet, but there’s a brand new Honda vehicle waiting for you at Airport Marina Honda in Los Angeles, CA. Come visit our dealership today to see our growing new vehicle inventory, or simply contact us to schedule a test drive now!