It’s shocking, but the above image is actually real. The image really is of a Honda Civic Type R with the rear seat replaced with a pickup truck-like bed.
Dubbed the Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept, this is a one-off design done by Honda specialists at Honda’s Swindon assembly plant. Basically they took the normal Civic Type R Hatchback and cut it up to create something, well, interesting.
It’s creators actually did not modify anything on the car north of the B-pillar. This means the Type R’s usual performance is still intact and, in theory, lighter weight since this version of the car has no rear seat and a smaller greenhouse. The creators say the “truck” will do up to 165 mph and go 0 to 62 mph in less than six seconds.
Project lead Alyn James told AutoCar, “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!”
Perhaps it comes as no surprise that there are no plans to produce the Civic Type R Pickup Truck concept. It was simply an exercise in creativity by Honda’s staff.