Honda unveiled its answer to high-performance utes such as the dearly departed HSV Maloo this week, unveiling a pickup version of its Civic Type R performance car.
Built in secret by staff at the manufacture’s UK factory in Swindon, the one-off prototype blends record-setting performance with genuine practicality.
Engineers started with a pre-production car, cutting away bodywork behind the rear doors to create a spacious storage area. Intriguingly, the ute retains Honda’s enormous Type R spoiler, which lifts out of the way to allow access to the load bed.
The hand-made machine retains the Type R’s 221kW 2.0-litre turbo engine, limited-slip differential and six-speed manual transmission that made it a Drive Car of the Year class winner.
Honda is considering a trip to the Nurburgring with the pickup, which would threaten Holden’s record for the fastest ute at Germany’s daunting circuit.
Phil Webb, head of cars for Honda UK, says the machine demonstrates the passion and commitment of Honda staff, who built it outside normal working hours.
“There are no plans to put this in to production,” Webb said.
“But we will be using it to transport our lawn and garden products as and when required!”
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