- 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-liter 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!”