The concept imagines a third bodystyle for the current Civic; one-off was made by specialist engineers from Honda’s Swindon factory

This is the Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept, a load-lugging ute estimated to be capable of more than 165mph and a 0-62mph sprint time in less than six seconds. 

The one-off hot pick-up was created by a team of 12 specialists at Honda’s Swindon factory from a regular Type R hatchback, with modifications starting at the B-pillar. 

Powertrain and engine components remain unchanged, although the car now has a storage bed in place of the hatchback’s rear seats and boot, with an upward-opening tailgate allowing access to the load area. The Civic Type R’s not insubstantial rear wing has been altered so it can be moved to allow better access to the truck bed. 

Additional modifications included additional stiffening with an anti-roll bar, and adjustment to the car's SRS system. Custom parts to retain the hatchback's feature line at the side were also designed specifically for the project, which took around eight weeks to complete from inception, with only three of those spent on the build and the first five devoted to planning and research. 

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It’s not yet known how much the Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept weighs, but it’s only slightly heavier than the hatchback, given the lack of rear seats, interior fittings and roof, with a metal-clad bed and roll bar in their place. The bed is 1550mm long and 830mm wide - or large enough to take two Honda lawnmowers.

Although only a one-off, project lead Alyn James expressed lofty ambitions for the concept: “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. The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation and we are even considering taking it to the Nürburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front-wheel-drive pick-up truck!” 

Predictably, there’s no plan for the pick-up to go into production, says Honda UK boss Phil Webb, but the car will be used at the brand’s head office to transport Honda’s domestic products. Unfortunately, it’s not road-registered. Why was it conceived? "Because it's fun and because we like a challenge," said a Honda spokesman. "It allows our talented engineers to be creative."

 

Fast pick-ups are currently an untapped market in the UK, although the industry has moved closer to the idea, with suggestions of a Mercedes-AMG version of the X-Class, as well as a Ford Ranger Raptor being considered for any market where demand is high enough. So far, only very low-volume fast pick-ups have been imported into the UK, such as the Vauxhall VXR8 Maloo and Ford F-150 Raptor.

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24 May 2018

 In a strange way I kind of like it,maybe see 2hats behind you more easily...?

Peter Cavellini.

24 May 2018
Nothing screams high tech sportiness like a slab of steel checkerplate bolted in place of the rear window.

24 May 2018

And I thought the Civic couldnt look any uglier.

XXXX just went POP.

24 May 2018

unfortunately very few want a two seat pick up.  And fast needs to go with robust.

Better an estate car version of the type R.

Van_diesel

24 May 2018

Totally agree with your comment. Honda have no estate cars in their range at the moment, maybe the current Civic will get an estate option in the next 12 months but more than likely only the 1.6 diesel with the 120 bhp option(160 bhp would be better!) or the 1.5 petrol with < 180bhp from the Sport variant, and certainly no CTR. I believe they are missing an opportunity here

 

 

 

24 May 2018
I never understood why utes were never popular outside of Australia (maybe except for the El camino). They look epic, drive like a sports car and you can throw your kitchen sink and three dogs in the back.

I'm not a fan of this creation though. I could make the same thing if I attacked my Celica with a chainsaw.

25 May 2018
Sonic wrote:

I never understood why utes were never popular outside of Australia (maybe except for the El camino). They look epic, drive like a sports car and you can throw your kitchen sink and three dogs in the back.

I'm not a fan of this creation though. I could make the same thing if I attacked my Celica with a chainsaw.

Yep, utes are the shiznit (DISCLAIMER: I'm an Aussie so may be slightly biased). The only real downside, especially for Commodore utes which used very capable car chassis since the mid 90s, is that they don't have a back seat. Otherwise, a V8 manual ute is more or less the perfect car.

25 May 2018
jason_recliner wrote:
Sonic wrote:

I never understood why utes were never popular outside of Australia (maybe except for the El camino). They look epic, drive like a sports car and you can throw your kitchen sink and three dogs in the back.

I'm not a fan of this creation though. I could make the same thing if I attacked my Celica with a chainsaw.

Yep, utes are the shiznit (DISCLAIMER: I'm an Aussie so may be slightly biased). The only real downside, especially for Commodore utes which used very capable car chassis since the mid 90s, is that they don't have a back seat. Otherwise, a V8 manual ute is more or less the perfect car.

I agree! Although the Holden Crewman did manage to squeeze another set of doors and seats (rear leg space was pretty limited though).

24 May 2018

This is the most horrendous and badly done concept I have seen from any major manufacturer for 40 years. Truly awful, pointless and badly executed as if a teen redneck took a chainsaw to the standard car.

Badly done, Honda. Be ashamed. Be very ashamed. 

24 May 2018

It was an eyesore even before the hackjob.. Sheesh.

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