Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck is Our Kind of Hauler
No, this Civic Type R pickup isn’t some kind of belated April Fool’s joke. It’s 100% real, and 100% awesome.
Pickup trucks have long been the bane of any performance enthusiast’s existence. With very few exceptions, we’ve rarely seen any truck that qualifies as “fast,” after all. Blame it on the laws of physics, which say that heavy, brick-like vehicles with little weight over the drive wheels can’t be much fun. Or can they? Honda is apparently trying to shatter that perception with its amazing Civic Type R pickup truck concept.
If you’re like us, you likely just checked the date to make sure April Fool’s Day has passed. Waiting until May’s annual SMMT Test Day to reveal this speedy pickup was probably done on purpose. Because no one would have believed it otherwise. But the Civic Type R pickup is very real, let us assure you. And even though Honda has zero plans to put it into production, that doesn’t make it any less cool.
Codenamed “Project P,” the little truck was built by Honda’s U.K.-based Product Engineering department. The project started with a preproduction model, which was then hacked from the B-pillars back to incorporate a pickup bed. Sweeping lines reach down from the roof, hiding a flatbed where the rear seat and trunk once resided.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a proper Civic Type R without that massive, iconic rear wing. So the Honda team figured out a way to make it work with the bed without restricting access to it. Everything else is standard Type R, including the drivetrain and suspension. Honda estimates that Project P can do 0-60 in less than six seconds and reach a top speed of over 165 mph. Not too shabby for a pickup!
It might seem crazy to think that anyone would buy something like this. But we think that folks in the U.K. and parts of Europe would jump at the chance. With narrow roads and city centers, along with sky-high fuel prices, a Civic Type R pickup might just be the performance utility vehicle they’re looking for!