2016 Honda Ridgeline Desert Racer Video

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In its first official appearance to the world (and we've only seen a few spy photos), Honda revealed its newest Baja 1000 race entry at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas.

Although some might suspect this race truck is a Honda Ridgeline in name only, this fully fiberglass-bodied high-performance super desert racer could hold a few clues about the all-new next-generation 2016 Honda Ridgeline, scheduled to debut in the first quarter of next year. We had the chance to talk to some of the Honda team members to find out what those details might be, so we put together a short video about what we learned.

Spoiler alert: The 550-horsepower twin-turbo V-6 will not make it into the production truck.

Cars.com photos by Brian Wong

Video produced by Matt Avery




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Baja trophy may give us a clue to what the next Ridgeline will look like but unfortunately "funny car" bodies tend to be a gross exaggeration of the stock unit.

Please God let it be a good-looking truck. The list of manufacturers who produce good-looking stock trucks gets smaller every year.

Is the Baja Ridgeline unibody too?

Put a frame under the body and leave the turbos on it, then it might be an interesting truck. I'm guessing it'll end up being exactly like the little suv it's based on -- Honda Pilot with a little bed. And like 99% of Honda autos/motorcycles/atv's, it'll be excessively detuned to the point of being not-quite-enough power.

Looks like an extended cab. I wonder if that will be an option for the new ridgeline?

Looks cool... Its looks like a rc truck in the pictures...

As already stated, these funny car body styles tend to just look like caricatures of what the actual vehicle will look like.

Too soon to tell anything. Car based "trucks" are the perfect "trucks" for people who don't really need "trucks" but want to pretend they have a "truck" because they don't have any real "truck" work to do so they buy a little pretend "truck" because car based "trucks" aren't quite real enough for them even though they usually are the smarter option.

Clint: Everything counts in large amounts.... I'm not a huge Honduh fan, but the vehicle has its market.


I wonder why you have not chimed on - 'you are a jack of all trades master of none' - you love the Japanese products - so what gives?

Honda and truck are complete opposites. It's like loading a civic with a pallet of bricks and a tandem axle boat trailer. Wouldn't last a day out on the farm. They should stick with making the civic.

Redblood, Sadly the cars trying to be "trucks" never seem to sell even though they would ideally suit a very large market and provide huge advantages in cost, convenience, efficiency over almost everyone buying a small pretender truck and some buying full sizes. Its a graveyard of names and brands (including this latest Ridgeline's prior version) who tried but couldn't deliver the cool vanity part that people who don't need "trucks" NEED when buying something pretending to be a "truck". Unibody is FINE for the occasional trip to Home Depot and brining home the Christmas tree. Toyotas poll showed little truck buyers rank towing as the 22nd most important thing... The same poll shoed how much more important it was to ride high and at least look like you can go off road if you ever have to (which very very very very few ever do). So that brings us back to why do the Subaru Baja and Ridgeline crash and burn? Because even the people who don't need a real truck and want to at least pretend they are buying a "truck" don't want something that looks kinda like a car/CUV... Even if it does make sense.

@Clint - products sell on image, credibility, and reputation. Posers who do not really need a truck make up a huge part of the market regardless of pickup class.
The same can be said for Jeep Wrangler or performance cars and super cars. . Legitimate users are the ones who give a product its image, credibility, and reputation.
Your comment about off-road and ride height extends to the CUV/SUV class. People want "the look" and like the "superior" feel of looking down upon other vehicles.

Look out truck dumb dumb, Honda is going to blow your AL beer can Furd craptor away LMAO!

This is my first time back on the site in over three weeks and I realize I didn't miss anything!

johnny doe - do you realize that trophy trucks have body panels that are usually composites? One could swap the bodies and most would never know who actually built it.

@Old GM--Agree, I haven't been on this site as regularly as I use to be. If anything it has become more fan boy.

@Clint--Those who drive larger trucks such as tractors and medium size commercial trucks would pose the same argument that driving around in a F-150 with heated leather seats are posers and most will never tow or even put anything in their truck beds. Just because someone drives a midsize pickup doesn't mean that they will never use the bed to haul things in. Have you ever tried to haul a scoop of mulch or dirt in a cuv or suv? How about a riding lawnmower or a refrigerator? Most midsize trucks especially extended cab trucks can handle most loads that the homeowner needs to haul. Maybe you are the pose since you regularly bring this topic up.

I liked how Honda got creative with their storage in the last Ridgeline, hopefully they did something similar with this one.

The new Honda truck reminds me of a Toyota Hilux. That is not necessarily a bad thing but it is unimaginative. Maybe after the previous Ridgeline unimaginative is not a bad thing. I do like Honda products.

@Jeff... as a former pretend truck owner I know the futility in trying to make it "work" and how it really doesn't haul "a scoop" of mulch or dirt worth buying. I also know that nobody driving a big rig is doing so for a small personal errand or just to transfer their own bodyweight or that of them and their family's from one point to another so the analogy there becomes pointless. If you look at the data, look at the market, look at the buyers the pretend truck crowd is not a group of people working their vehichles or buying vehicles capable of work. They are people with disposable income that can pay for image and ride height and rank these things well beyond any other factor (especially valuing their money). Good for them. But don't call it smart.

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