New Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck Concept Unveiled
Honda took the curtains off a new concept based on the hot hatch, the Honda Civic Type R. The new vehicle removes the rear seats and the boot to accommodate the storage bed. The engine, transmission, and the gearbox, however, remain unchanged. The pickup truck might end up only as a concept for the company says it has no plan of putting it into mass production.
Honda launched its performance-oriented hot hatch Honda Civic Type R at the Geneva Motor Show last year. And after that fastest Civic, the Japanese carmaker has unveiled another concept dubbed as the Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck based on the hot hatch, at the annual SMMT Test Day.
The Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck is designed from a road car to one of the quickest pickup trucks. The concept vehicle has been built by a dedicated team from the Product Engineering department at the Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) factory in Swindon.
It was codenamed "Project P" and the engineers at Honda relied on a pre-production version of the Civic in transforming it into a pickup truck starting straight from the B-pillar. In place of the hatchback's rear seats and boot, the new concept has a storage bed with a tailgate, which opens upward. The rear wing is retained, but with an alteration to allow proper access to the truck bed for loading and unloading purposes.
The Honda Civic Type R Pickup Truck uses the same engine, transmission and the suspension as the regular Civic Type R. It is driven by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine cranking out 316 bhp and 400Nm peak torque. The power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
The concept pickup gains 0 to 62 mph speed in just 6 seconds, reaching up to a 165 mph top speed. The drive modes to switch between Sport and +R from the current Civic Type R have also made the cut.
Honda says the creatively designed Civic Type R Pickup Truck might end up in Nurburgring motorsport complex in Germany vying for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck.
Phil Webb, Head of the Honda Car UK has appreciated the commitment and the passion of the team in delivering the final concept product in record time. But, he also clarified that the Civic Type R Pickup Truck might not hit the roads as Honda has no plan to put the vehicle into mass production.
But we guess if the Type R Pickup Truck manages to win the title of the fastest wheel drive pickup truck at Nurburgring, then the crowned vehicle might provide a solid reason for the company to consider a move to put the pickup into production. However, this is all hypothetical at this moment. Let's see how things will pan out in the future.
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