The new Honda Civic Type R has sparked a lot of controversy with its exaggerated exterior design, so we can only imagine what this pickup truck derivative would do.
Created by the brand’s Product Engineering department in the UK and codenamed ‘Project P’, this concept was showcased at the annual SMMT Test Day. It’s based upon a pre-production version of the hot hatch, which had its C-pillars and roof chopped off and replaced by a roll bar.
The rear seats and boot have been completely removed, making room for the open bed. As for the interior, this Honda Civic Type R study can sit two.
Despite going through a massive makeover, the Project P retains the car’s body kit, alongside the rear wing, and is finished in Rallye Red.
The powertrain, transmission and gearbox remain unaltered. Honda estimates that their hot hatch turned hot pickup takes less than 6 seconds to sprint from rest to 100km/h (0-62mph), and can reach a top speed in excess of 265km/h (165mph).
Even the special driving modes of the road-going Honda Civic Type R have been retained, and the automaker claims that the Project P is both comfortable and capable of being raced on the track.
As expected, Honda has no plans of putting this Civic Type R into production, but they could try to “take the record for the fastest front-wheel drive pickup truck” at the Nurburgring, according to Alyn James, project lead.