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Honda Booth Highlights from SEMA 2015

Powersports vehicles share the spotlight with more conventional fare

Justin Banner
Nov 4, 2015

The big push for Honda at the 2015 SEMA Show was the brand new 2016 HR-V. It's being billed as the perfect everything car - room of a CUV with the sportiness of a sports sedan. It was that viewpoint that was pushed the most as many of the HR-Vs were lowered to the ground rather than given any type of mild lift to fit the Utility Vehicle its segment was named for.

Honda booth highlights 2015 sema show norm reeves honda hrv Photo 2/10   |   Honda Booth Highlights 2015 Sema Show Norm Reeves Honda Hrv

Norm Reeves Honda brought out a very tastefully done and modestly designed HR-V. It would look more at home on the race track or autocross than in the drive way of a soccer mom. It features parts from Buddy Club, Drift Motion, and Vibrant, just to name a few.

Tjin HR V Photo 3/10   |   Tjin HR V

It wouldn't be SEMA without a Tijn Edition vehicle of some sort. Sitting pretty in pink, it was certainly the standout.

Honda booth highlights 2015 sema show composimo built honda grom Photo 4/10   |   Honda Booth Highlights 2015 Sema Show Composimo Built Honda Grom

Rocking more utility, this Mad Industries built HR-V features a low trailer with matching wheels. However, the Composimo-built Grom caught our attention. If you are a rider in the Ruckus world, you recognize Composimo for their amazing stretch kits, but with the Grom market getting bigger and bigger it's no surprise to see a Composimo-built Grom at SEMA.

Honda booth highlights 2015 sema show hpd hrv Photo 5/10   |   Honda Booth Highlights 2015 Sema Show Hpd Hrv

Of course, if Honda is going to go out desert racing, they need some chase vehicles. What better way of not only showing the more utility side of the HR-V than with a HPD built version that also debuts the new 1000cc Pioneer Side-by-Side.

Honda booth highlights 2015 sema show dual clutch transmission Photo 6/10   |   Honda Booth Highlights 2015 Sema Show Dual Clutch Transmission

Why is the new Pioneer an interesting UTV? Well, other than being a great first step for Honda into the market, it also features a Dual Clutch transmission. Yes, there are "flappy paddles" on the steering wheel.

Honda booth highlights 2015 sema show honda cr450x Photo 7/10   |   Honda Booth Highlights 2015 Sema Show Honda Cr450x

Other powersports vehicles that Honda brought out were their trials bike from team Repsol and the Baja 1000 winning CR450X.

Honda booth highlights 2015 sema show 2016 civic rc213v Photo 8/10   |   Honda Booth Highlights 2015 Sema Show 2016 Civic Rc213v

No, there was no Type-R at SEMA (yet). However, the 2016 Civic was, but we think the RC213V overshadowed it a bit.

Honda booth highlights 2015 sema show steak and shake honda indycar Photo 9/10   |   Honda Booth Highlights 2015 Sema Show Steak And Shake Honda Indycar

The Steak & Shake Honda IndyCar showed up as well. After all the problems that Honda had in the series, there is still talk as to whether or not Honda will make another effort in 2016.

Honda booth highlights 2015 sema show new nsx Photo 10/10   |   Honda Booth Highlights 2015 Sema Show New Nsx

The new NSX was on display for Acura and, in a way to one-up Ford from the Detroit Auto Show, this Nouvelle Blue will be a factory color unlike the special blue the big Blue Oval used at the show on their debut vehicles. This NSX is also a production model; get excited, it's getting closer to being seen on the roads.

By Justin Banner
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