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Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle concept drives as dynamite as it looks

Roadshow gets a special chance to drive this supersized utility terrain vehicle concept based on the Honda Ridgeline pickup truck.

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Underneath the Honda Rugged Open Air Vehicle sits a Ridgeline pickup truck.

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A 2-inch lift and 2-inch wheel spacers contribute to the concept side-by-side's sinister stance.

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Amazingly, the Rugged Open Air Vehicle went from sketch to finished product in two-and-a-half months.

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The concept gets its size from the Ridgeline, while its looks come from the Pioneer 1000 utility terrain vehicle (UTV).

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This image demonstrates how imposing the Rugged Open Air Vehicle is compared with a conventionally sized Pioneer 1000 side-by-side.

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Underneath the hood sits a 3.5-liter V6 engine. In the Ridgeline, it makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque.

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Power figures may be a couple of ticks higher in the Rugged Open Air Vehicle, but the V6 is plenty powerful in this UTV application.

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Yep, that's a Ridgeline dash panel slathered in a water-resistant coating.

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And those are Civic Type R seats wrapped in Pioneer 1000 waterproof upholstery.

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