A trip to the tip just got exciting… Simon Hacker reports
This week saw a day out for car hacks which can, to be brutal, be a bit of a grind. It’s held every year at a far-flung racetrack in Bedfordshire and is an opportunity to test cars from manufacturers who are too sniffy, strapped or busy to send wheels out to you directly.
But a predictable event got a shock arrival when Honda revealed the Civic Type R Pickup Truck.
A secret team at Swindon has, we now know, been burning the midnight oil on a plan codenamed “Project P”, creating a pick up truck version of the iconic hot hatch. The result, says Honda, is “potentially” one of the fastest pickup trucks on UK tarmac.
To create the truck, the team used a pre-production version and adapted the design rearwards from the B-pillars of the car, with sweeping lines from the roofline to the back hiding a flatbed loading area where the rear seats and boot space would normally be.
Finished in Rallye Red, the concept retains the iconic rear wing associated with both the FK2 and FK8 Civic Type R, which, in a clever piece of engineering, is movable to allow direct and unfettered access to the rear of the truck.
Using the same powertrain, suspension and gearbox as the standard road car, Honda claims under six seconds for the 0-62mph sprint… and a top speed of over 165mph!
But relax, this model also has a comfort driving modes, as well as Sport and +R, should you divert from the builder’s yard and head for the local track.
Project leader Alyn James told Avon Tuning: “We have a special projects division at the factory in Swindon and this was a fantastic opportunity for the team to show just what their creative minds could do. 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!”
Tragically, however, this hot Honda can’t be ordered, as the maker says it will remain as a concept… unless, perhaps, enough enthusiasts bend the maker’s ear?