You'll know by now how the SEMA show goes: companies that tune cars go to ever-increasing lengths to make their vehicles stand out in a wealth of hyper-modified vehicles. As such, the finished products can end up looking a little silly, even when the OEMs get involved. Silly in a good way, sure, but a little over-the-top nonetheless.
So to see that a humble N600 has won Honda's Super Tuner Legends Series - a competition that sounds like it's from Gran Turismo, but actually gets the victor a spot at SEMA - is something of a surprise. Of course, the car has significance as the first four-wheeled Honda sold in the US, but it seems a little humble for SEMA.
However, where once this car would have had a 600cc, 45hp, 9,000rpm(!) two-cylinder engine, it now has an 800cc, 115hp, 12,000rpm V4 from a Honda VFR bike. A five-year project for owner Stephen Mines, the N600 also has Mazda MX-5 suspension and brakes, Polaris RZR seats and bumpers hacked down from a Chevy Camaro. Mongrels never looked so good!
"I'm thrilled and humbled that my N600 not only stood out, but was selected as the winner of the first-ever Honda Super Tuner Legends Series," said Mines of his achievement, a man who describes himself as "owner of more than a few Hondas". Imagine what else is in the collection...
The three other finalists for the award included two Civics - one from 1978 and one from 2015 - as well as an S2000. With SEMA kicking off next week, the little N600 on the Honda stand looks like being one of the show stars. And finally, if this has you wondering what a V4 bike engine sounds like in a 50-year-old kei car, there's a video of it below...
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