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SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

A reimagining of three Honda chassis

Rodrez
Nov 8, 2019

1968 HONDA S800

Breeze by the $250,000-plus, full carbon-bodied, new-age NSX and the essentially one-of-a-kind Type S prototype that can't possibly carry any sort of reasonable price tag, and there ... there is where you'll find the bite-sized thief that, even in a sea of some of the heaviest foot traffic we've ever seen in Honda's SEMA booth, managed to steal the spotlight.

1968 Honda s800 Passenger Side Rear View Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

Actor and producer Daniel Wu holds the keys to this classic. Draped in black and polished to a church-shoe luster, this 1968 S800 had people stumbling over one another to get a clean look. The RHD coupe has been restored by DG Vintage Coachworks, who eliminated the rust and corrosion and laid down a modern paint job. In addition, the body has been slightly modified with some help from the hottest aero kit designer on the planet currently, Kei Miura of Pandem fame.

1968 Honda s800 headlight Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

Pandem's air dam squares up the front end while the fender flares add some additional girth, and out back a mild duckbill; deleted front and rear metal bumpers close out the coupe's silhouette for a look that somewhat modernizes the S800 without going too far and taking away from the cute lines that make this chassis so lovable.

1968 Honda s800 custom wheel Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19
1968 Honda s800 Toyo Tires Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

Wider arches mean wider wheels, so the OEM rollers were re-barreled to 7 inches in the front and 8 in the rear to carry 195/60 and 205/60 Toyo R888R tires, respectively. Painted gold with black and red highlights, these wheels carry an aftermarket feel with an OEM+ look.

1968 Honda s800 rear hatch Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

You're thinking engine swap, but this S800 holds onto its native power plant, though the engine has been rebuilt to OEM-spec with the only aftermarket addition being a custom GReddy center-exit exhaust system.

1968 Honda s800 interior Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

Perhaps more striking than the black and gold exterior is the bright red leather cabin. Picture perfect in fit and finish, the glowing red hides add some significant contrast to the overall build.

2020 RDX A-SPEC ACCESSORIES CONCEPT

2020 Acura RDX A Spec Accessories Concept Passenger Side Profile Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

If you're anything like us, you're digging the new RDX. The updated look and feel is an undeniable improvement from previous models, and this version, an effort put forth by the Genuine Accessories department, had us coming back for a second and third look.

2020 Acura RDX A Spec Accessories Concept Front Bumper Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

For the outdoor enthusiasts, the Honda Genuine Accessories roof rails and crossbar with fork-mount bike attachment make perfect sense, as does the Thule roof box.

2020 Acura RDX A Spec Accessories Concept Front Grill 01 Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19
2020 Acura RDX A Spec Accessories Concept carbon fiber side mirror cover Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

And whether you enjoy the outdoors or would rather avoid daylight at all costs, you probably like a touch of carbon fiber. In this instance, the front and side aero pieces feature said carbon accents, as does the rear diffuser, side mirror caps, and front grill. It's just enough to draw your eyes toward, yet not overpowering, even on a white canvas.

2020 Acura RDX A Spec Accessories Concept Wheel Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

The 20-inch Diamond Cut wheels feature a dark tint to tie into the dark-versus-light contrast, and inside, A-Spec floor mats and door sill trim pieces help personalize the RDX.

RIDGELINE HFP CONCEPT

Honda Ridgeline HFP Concept Passenger Side Rear View Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

Honda's Factory Performance Division, or HFP as it's more commonly known, had a very small window to put something together for the big show. The group's long been known for their performance parts and OEM optional accessory offerings for various Honda bloodlines, but this time around they wanted to flex some outside-the-box creative muscle and tasked themselves with designing a Ridgeline HFP Concept vehicle.

Honda Ridgeline HFP Concept Truck Bed Tent Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

18-inch HFP wheels in bronze, wrapped in rugged off-road rubber, give the Ridgeline a more aggressive stance, while up front a custom upper grill, blacked-out, adds a slightly menacing touch. Bronze HFP emblems and livery add to the black and bronze theme.

Honda Ridgeline HFP Concept Passenger Side Front View Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

Honda Genuine accessories supplied the roof rail, cross bar, die-cast running boards, fender flares, and more. Honda even worked with Thule on a partnership that produced an Xsporter bed rack, Kukenam 3 tent, and a bed bike rack. The end result is again, a concept, yet certainly feels like a tiptoe into the booming overlanding waters.

Honda Ridgeline HFP Concept Tent Photo 25/25   |   SEMA 2019 - Honda's Unlikely Trio #MTSEMA19

Having relied on HFP products on various projects, including our current FC1, we can attest to the fact that nothing fits as well as HFP and Geniune Honda Accessories. A transition to carry that quality over to a new, blossoming market seems like an excellent idea.

 

By Rodrez
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