One of the coolest and most unexpected concepts to emerge from the Tokyo Auto Salon this year was the Honda T880. Based on the Honda Acty, it takes the unmistakable look of Japan’s ubiquitous kei trucks and creates a design that is at once charming, nostalgic, and somewhat sporty.
The look is clearly meant to evoke Honda’s past kei trucks like this TN360. However, as you may notice, the name implies that, at 880cc displacement, it exceeds kei truck limitations, but technically that’s not true. The drivetrain consists of a turbocharged Acty 660cc with internals from a modern Vamos van, mated to the manual transmission from a Honda Beat. The T880 name derives from the idea that Honda believes if feels like it has the performance of an 880cc truck.
The T880 also has a trick tailgate design, in which two vertically hinged doors can open outward, or the entire panel folds down like a traditional tailgate. The bed is apparently grooved for a Honda dirtbike as well.
The design and construction was don by Honda Access, a division that creates optional performance parts like body kits and stereos. Honda has been straight up killing it with retro concepts like the EV-N and EV-Cub, as well as production cars like the N-One and S660. We hope the T880 spawns a production truck, but at this point it’s likely just a very clever showpiece.