The Honda Ridgeline Baja Race Truck has been revealed under the lights at the 2015 SEMA show, but in a few short weeks it will be tackling the Mexican desert in this year’s SCORE Baja 1000.
It also offers our first glimpse at what the new 2017 Honda Ridgeline will look like, with the brand saying that the racing body borrows cues from the production truck. Honda’s small pickup will be back in dealers in the first half of next year, after taking a short hiatus in 2015.
The race truck uses a twin-turbocharged V6 that pumps out more than 550 horsepower. While a 550-hp production Ridgeline isn’t likely, Honda says that the block, cylinder heads and crankshaft are all borrowed straight from the production engine.
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“We’re happy to share some of the high-level styling direction for Ridgeline and to celebrate this desert race truck that signals the return of HPD power to Baja,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. “While this race truck is unique and different from the production Ridgeline, it does a nice job of expressing not only our styling direction but also the fact that the Ridgeline, for all its unique qualities, has been and will continue to be a pickup with true truck capability.”
The new truck will mark Honda’s return to Baja with its Ridgeline, which captured wins in 2008 and 2010 in the grueling off-road race.
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