2017 Honda Civic Type R: First Drive Review

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Balance, Power
Not surprisingly, the Civic Type R is easy to drive quickly when following UK native and Indianapolis-based sports car racer Ryan Lewis around The Ridge’s technical road course. Using +R mode, the Civic Type R pulls strongly out of slower corners without any torque steer and without feeling any intrusion from the traction control. Through long, sweeping corners and over fast blind crests, the Type R’s chassis feels balanced and well controlled. Steering inputs are direct, with no understeer in slow or fast corners. The suspension design and steering cure the ills normally associated with front-drive cars during high-performance driving, aided by sophisticated electronics. Amazingly, the tech gets integrated so unobtrusively that drivers never feel the intervention.

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