Yes, this is a 165mph Honda Civic Type R pickup

Doris Richards
May 25, 2018

However, one thing most critics could agree with was its driving performance.

The brutal bakkie was designed and built by the product engineering department at Honda's Swindon factory.

Starting off with a pre-production version of the Type R, the team adapted an entirely new design from the B-Pillar backwards to create the bed of Project P. Sweeping lines from the roofline towards the rear hide the flatbed where the trunk and rear seats would originally be placed. It is, says Honda, potentially one of the fastest pickup trucks on United Kingdom roads: 0-62 miles per hour sprint in under six seconds and a top speed of over 165 miles per hour (265 km/h).

There a hiding flatbed loading area in the centre of the auto where the rear seats and boot space would usually be.

The concept is based on a pre-production version of the Type R and engineered into a pickup while retaining the road car's iconic rear wing.

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The powertrain, suspension and gearbox are all unchanged from the standard Civic Type R. Which means that under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with 316bhp and 295lb ft, in the middle is a six-speed manual transmission (one of the best available in a mainstream production car) and underneath is some clever suspension with Comfort, Sport and +R modes.

It's not yet clear what Honda intends to do with this special Type R. Officially, the vehicle is the result of an attempt of the special projects division to show "what their creative minds could do".

Honda Civic Type R 2017 in pictures Sun, March 5, 2017 The new Honda Civic Type R 2017 hot hatchback in pictures. "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 pickup truck!"

Recently, a team of Honda engineers in the United Kingdom made a decision to give the concept a go using a Civic Type R, the Motor Authority Best Car To Buy victor for 2018.


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