- The Honda Civic pickup is here.
- Honda UK created the pickup truck based on the new Honda Civic Type R.
- The pickup, codenamed Project P, uses the same 306-horsepower engine as the standard Type R.
- Honda is not planning to put the Civic pickup into production.
Before there was the car-based crossover SUV there was the car-based pickup truck. Ford had the Ranchero and Chevy offered up the now legendary El Camino. More recently Australia’s Holden produced the Maloo.
Now Honda has entered the fray with a Civic-based pickup. Think of it as the Civic-amino, if you will. And it’s based on not just any Civic but the Civic Type R – the fastest Civic of them all.
The Honda Civic Type R is the creation of the product-engineering department at Honda UK.
“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,” Honda UK executive Phil Webb said in a statement.
Codenamed Project P, the Civic pickup is based on a preproduction Type R road car but with the roof and rear cabin cut out and replaced with a truck bed.
The pickup shares the same powertrain, suspension, and gearbox with the standard Civic Type R. This means the Civic-amino will still do 60 mph in less than 6 seconds and reach a top speed of at least 165 mph.
The Honda Civic Type R is powered by a 306-horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged inline-four-cylinder sending power to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
According to Civic Pickup’s project lead, Alyn James, the company is even thinking about taking it to Germany’s legendary Nürburgring to make a run at the record for the fastest front-wheel-drive pickup.
As cool as the Civic-amino may be, it’s unlikely it will ever become a production model.
“There are no plans to put this into production,” Webb added. “But we will be using it to transport our lawn and garden products as and when required!”
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.