2017 Honda Civic Type R: First Drive Review

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Front-Wheel Drive
The new Civic Type R continues with a front-wheel-drive platform, and in April 2017 it set a new lap record for a front-wheel-drive production car at the famous Nurburgring track in Germany: 7 minutes 43.80 seconds. Power gets delivered to the front wheels through a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission with automatic rev matching and a mechanical helical-type limited-slip differential. Civic Type R competitors such as the Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf R all use all-wheel drive, but Type R sticks with two-wheel drive to avoid the additional weight increase of all-wheel drive.

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