A Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck sounds insane, Right? But it does exist in reality. Honda UK had recently showcased a Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept at the annual SMMT Test Day.
The concept vehicle is based on the standard road car and was built by a specialist team from the Product Engineering department at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) factory in Swindon.
Codenamed as ‘Project P’, the Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck has been modified and developed from the standard road car to produce potentially one of the fastest pickup trucks on UK roads.
To realize the Project P concept, the team worked on a pre-production version of the Civic Type R and modified the design rearwards from the C-pillars of the car. The sweeping lines from the roofline to the back hide a flatbed loading area in the centre of the car where the rear seats and boot space normally used to be.
The concept pickup truck is painted in Rallye Red colour. It also retains the iconic rear wing associated with both the FK2 and FK8 Civic Type R. Using some clever piece of engineering, the wing is made movable to allow direct and unfettered access to the rear of the truck.
The Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck uses the same powertrain, suspension and gearbox as the standard road car. Honda estimates that the Project P will complete the 0-62mph sprint in under six seconds and reach a top speed of over 165 mph. It also comes with the same driving modes of comfort, Sport and +R, offering both ride comfort as well as a unique racing capability on track.
“We have a special projects division at the factory in Swindon and this project was a fantastic opportunity for the team to show just what their creative minds could do. The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation and we are even considering taking it to the Nurburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck!,” commented Alyn James, Project Lead.
“This Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept by the special team at our Swindon-based plant demonstrates the passion and commitment of the team there – going above and beyond outside working hours to deliver the final product. There are no plans to put this into production but we will be using it to transport our lawn and garden products as and when required,” said Phil Webb, Head of Car at Honda UK.