Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Honda Civic Type R pick-up!

Honda Civic Type R pick-up!

However, one thing most critics could agree with was its driving performance.

Honda is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its Civic Type R by launching a one-off pickup truck concept version of the popular hot hatchback.

The brutal bakkie was designed and built by the product engineering department at Honda's Swindon factory.

Starting off with a pre-production version of the Type R, the team adapted an entirely new design from the B-Pillar backwards to create the bed of Project P. Sweeping lines from the roofline towards the rear hide the flatbed where the trunk and rear seats would originally be placed. The rear seats are now gone, while the flatbed extends into the boot area as well. It retains the iconic rear wing associated with both the FK2 and FK8 Civic Type R, and it comes in Rallye Red.

The company claims the CTR ute will complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in under six seconds and reach a top speed of over 265 km/h, the latter making it potentially the fastest pickup trucks on United Kingdom roads.

Honda Civic Type R pick up truck concept

"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", project lead Alyn James said in a statement.

With the standard road auto completing a lap of the Nordschleife in 7min 43.8sec back in early 2017, there's a very real possibility of the pickup dipping under the eight-minute mark.

The concept isn't due to make production and isn't now road legal, being based on an unregistered pre-production auto used for testing the current FK8 Civic Type R, but Honda does have plans to put the vehicle on the road, and project chief Alyn James told evo that the project didn't require many compromises from the regular production model.

It hasn't tested that yet, but it may take it to the Nurburgring race track in Germany to see if it can seat a record for fastest front-wheel-drive pickup, which shouldn't be a problem since the Type R is already the fastest front-wheel-drive auto there. "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".

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