Trucks are hot right now, but this one’s the hottest of all: a Honda Civic Type R pickup that might well be the fastest new truck on the road.
Unfortunately, it might never have the chance to prove it, because it’s strictly a prototype created for the recent SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Trades) Test Day in Britain.
And, sadly, there are no plans to put it into production, according to Phil Webb, head of cars at Honda UK, although he added that “…we will be using it to transport our lawn and garden products as and when required.”
The truck was built by a special team at Honda’s UK manufacturing facility in Swindon. The team also works on the factory’s Synchro Motorsport race team.
Code-named “Project P,” the truck is based on a pre-production Type R and is redesigned from the B-pillars back. The rear seats and trunk are replaced with a pickup-style bed, the truck is finished in Rallye Red, and it carries the stock Type R wing that still allows access to the truck box.
The Type R’s driveline remains unchanged, with a 2.0-litre turbo engine and six-speed manual gearbox. It’s estimated the Project P truck can hit zero to 100 km/h in less than six seconds, and has a top speed of some 270 km/h.
“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,” Webb said – but also, apparently to put investors’ minds at ease, added that the team created the vehicle “outside working hours.”