The Honda Civic Type R has been converted into a whacky-looking pickup truck for the upcoming SMMT Test Day media event in the United Kingdom.
The Civic Type R pickup concept, which was referred to as Project P by Honda insiders, is based on a pre-production version of the 306 hp hot hatch. The rear passenger compartment and trunk has been replaced with a flatbed loading area to carry whatever you can throw at it, like a few 5.5 Honda lawnmower engines, for a relevant example. The team that built the car also left the Civic Type R’s massive rear wing intact, and included a rear utility bar with flood lights.
Apart from the pickup bed, the vehicle is otherwise identical to a standard Civic Type R. It retains the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, six-speed manual transmission and track-tuned suspension as the record-breaking car. Honda says its oddball creation will hustle from 0-62 mph in under six seconds and go on to reach a top speed of 165 mph.
“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 Nurburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck!”
We eagerly await onboard footage from Honda’s Civic Type R pickup truck Nurburgring lap, if that does indeed happen. In the meantime, get familiar with this awesome build in the gallery above.
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