A team of Honda boffins have created a Civic Type R ute. Really!
A team of engineers at the Honda factory in Swindon, England, have created a Civic Type R ute. Dubbed the Project P, the team created the ute – which Honda insists is strictly a concept only – by taking a pre-production Civic Type R hatch and redesigning the car from the B pillars onwards.
The backseats were ripped out, the roof was hacked off and a load bed was created. That rear spoiler moves out of the way to allow for easy access to the load bed.
Mechanically, the Civic Type R ute remains unchanged from the hatch donor car. That means it’ll blast from 0-100km/h in six seconds on to a top speed of 265km/h.
The Civic Type R ute pilot can also access all the standard Type R driving modes that include Comfort, Sport and +R and Honda says that the car is comfortable enough to be driven on the road and taut enough to thrashed on the track.
Mr. Alyn James, project lead, commented: “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 Nurburgring to see if we can take the record for the fastest front wheel drive pickup truck!”