Since its introduction in 1972, the Honda Civic has proved itself a very versatile compact vehicle platform, creating sedans, hatchbacks, wagons, coupes and even a quasi-convertible, so what’s left for one of the world’s most popular cars? How about a pickup?
The one-off Civic Type R vehicle was created by a specialist engineering team from the Product Engineering department at Honda’s UK plant in Swindon. Codenamed Project P, it was unveiled at the annual Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) test day.
“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,” said project lead Alyn James. “The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation and we are even considering taking it to the Nürburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck!”
Modified and developed from a pre-production version of the street legal Civic, Project P is unique from the B-pillars rearward, except for the rear wing, which has been made to move to allow unfettered access to the flatbed that takes the place of the rear seats and trunk of the production car. Unlike a traditional pickup, the tailgate created from the Civic rear fascia opens upward like a SUV liftgate.
It uses the powertrain, drivetrain and suspension from the production car, which makes Honda estimate its 0-100 km/h sprint at under six seconds. Its top speed is pegged at 265 km/h, making it potentially one of the fastest pickups on UK roads.
It’s fitted with the same dynamic driving modes as the Civic Type R and its finished off in “go-faster” red … actually Rallye Red.
As expected, it’s not planned for production, but Honda UK says it doesn’t mean it’s going to go on display in some museum or get packed away in some crate in some warehouse. It’s due for workhorse duties at the company facility.
“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,” said Phil Webb, head of cars at Honda UK. “There are no plans to put this in to production, but we will be using it to transport our lawn and garden products as and when required!”