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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.

Manuel Carrillo III
A Porsche 911 S brought Manuel Carrillo III home from the hospital after he was born, so it's no surprise his lifelong trajectory has centered on cars, leading him to a robust career creating rich automotive media for publications prior to joining CNET.

The Southern California native briefly lived in Sydney, and is proud to have developed a barely passable Aussie accent. He also serves on the board of directors of the Motor Press Guild. When not reviewing cars or nerding out on OEM premium audio, you can find manual-labor-averse Manuel doing his best to convince his closest friends to fix the very Porsche that delivered him home.
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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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