British-built hot hatch gets the chop, retains the wing

Honda UK has taken the wraps off the Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept as part of the annual Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Test Day.

Dubbed as "potentially one of the fastest pickup trucks on UK roads", the wild utility concept is the product of a specialist team from the Product Engineering department at the company's Swindon factory.

Known as 'Project P' internally, the Type R Pickup Truck started life as a pre-production version of the UK-built hot hatch, and was then modified from the B-pillar rearward to install a flatbed loading area where the rear seats and boot would normally be.

Despite the extensive modifications, the concept retains the massive rear wing of the base car, while also featuring the same 228kW/400Nm 2.0-litre turbocharged four.

Honda claims Project P is capable of completing the 0-100km/h sprint in "under six seconds", on its way to a top speed of over 165mph (265km/h).

"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," said Alyn James, project lead.

"The passion that our engineers have for Honda is shown in our latest creation and we are even considering taking it to the Nurburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front-wheel drive pickup truck!"

While the Civic Type R Pickup Truck is super cool, there's no plans to put it into production. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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