Honda’s annual SEMA Show press conference is important enough for us to fight off the debilitating effects of being hung-over in Vegas and get our asses front and center. And this year we were rewarded with some pretty cool performance news, namely that Honda Performance Development (HPD), which has been mainly supporting the comapny's North American racing efforts, from the grassroots all the way up to American Le Mans and IndyCar teams, is now officially Honda's street performance brand.
Effective immediately HPD parts will be available through Honda dealerships, including a bunch of new stuff for the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe; these include 18-inch wheels, front lip spoiler, rear trunk lid spoiler, exhaust, rear diffuser, front brakes, and rear suspension mods, all covered by Honda's genuine accessory warranty. And in the spring of 2014, for the first time in company history, HPD will offer a supercharger kit for CR-Z that adds almost 70 horsepower (suck it, Prius!
The OEM also teased its restyled ninth-gen. Civic coupe, set to make its official world debut at the 2013 LA Auto Show in a matter of days, and parked in a corner of the booth is the now-infamous Honda UK/Team Dynamics ‘Mean Mower,’ a reworked HF2620 Lawn Tractor made to go 130 miles per hour and 0 to 60 in just four clicks.
That’s cool and all, but everyone walking by the booth was again stopping and gawking at another insane Bisimoto-commissioned ride, this time a 1,029-horsepower 2014 Odyssey van. That’s no typo – renowned tuner Bisi Ezerioha went all out in this ‘Power Van’ project, bulletproofing the bottom end of the stock 3.5-liter J motor with Golden Eagle sleeves, R&R custom steel rods and Arias slugs; redoing the head with PortFlow headwork; cramming in an obscene amount of boost through twin Turbonetics snails; and optimizing the suck-squish-bang-blow via AEM Infinity engine management. The Odyssey wasn’t simply a brute, though; slammed to the ground and flossing Fifteen52 two-piece Tarmacs in chrome, this thing puts to shame most VIP vans we’ve crossed.
And our week is just starting (where’s the bar?!) More to come from the Honda booth and the 2013 SEMA Show, live from Sin City!