2017 Honda Civic Type R Review – Fastest FWD Production Car

2017 Honda Civic Type R Specifications & First Drive Review
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2017 Honda Type R Full Specifications
– 2.0L Turbo Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
– 306 HP @ 6,500 RPM, Max 7,000 RPM
– 295 lb-ft @ 2,500 RPM to 4,500 RPM
– Dual VTC with Exhaust VTEC
– Mono scroll turbo with electronic waste gate
– 9.8:1 compression ratio
– 3,117 lbs curb weight
– Front wheel drive
– Helical limited slip differential
– Launch control
– 6 speed manual with rev-matching
– EPA City/Hwy/Comb – 22/28/25 mpg
– Dual Axis front strut w/ ARB & adaptive dampers
– Mult-link rear suspension w/ ARB & adaptive dampers
– 20 x 8.5 10-spoke aluminum wheels
– 245/30ZR20 Continental SportContact 6 Summer tires

Direct from Honda’s Press kit:
“The 2017 Civic Type R is features the most powerful engine ever offered in a Honda production vehicle in America. The Type R’s 2.0-liter 16-valve i-VTEC® DOHC direct-injected, turbocharged powerplant advances performance on multiple fronts with a peak output of 306 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm. The Civic Type R is the absolute pinnacle of Civic performance, and ranks as the fastest Honda production automobile ever offered in America, with a track top speed of approximately 170 mph.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is made by Honda of America Mfg. at its Anna, Ohio engine plant using domestic and globally sourced parts. Completed engines are shipped to Honda of the U.K. Manufacturing in Swindon, England, where the Type R is manufactured. Specifically engineered for direct injection and turbocharging, with an ultra-lightweight forged steel crankshaft and forged steel connecting rods, the Type R powerplant is designed to offer maximum torque output in the mid-rpm range to provide instantly accessible power.

Offered exclusively with a 6-speed manual transmission, the high-strength gearbox offers a short-throw shift action and closely spaced ratios tailored to suit the 2.0-liter turbo’s power delivery. A driver-selectable rev-matching feature smooths high performance upshifts and downshifts, and Launch Control helps optimize off-the line traction for maximum acceleration. And to help put the power to the ground, a helical limited-slip front differential is standard.

The Civic Type R engine is Tier3 Bin125 / LEV3-ULEV125 emissions compliant. Though the Civic Type R offers impressive performance, the efficient engine and transmission, along with excellent aerodynamics and low running resistance, result in EPA fuel economy ratings1 of 22/28/25 city/highway/combined mpg.”

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  1. I've seen the Japanese test driver drive FWD cars, they always have 1 hand on the e-brake… why the hell the suits were allowed to get rid of a mechanical hand e-brake i cannot work out

  2. I love that people hate on the looks its like the wrx back in the day when it first got here everyone thought the styling was so over tge top now its one of the most loved designs in car enthusiasts culture🤷‍♂️

  3. Awesome review! I test drove a 2018 model in April and haven’t stopped thinking about it. Great technical assessment, the review highlighted looks but was really focused on performance and structure that supports it. BEST part was definitely getting to properly listen to it at the end! Top video all round!

  4. in wet weather though different story. loses shocking grip because so much power to the front wheels. i wouldn't buy the civic type r in a county where it snows and rains a lot, i pefer Golf R / Sti. In dry conditions no doubt civic type r is much better than all in competition.

  5. H O N D A is The Best Car Manufacture!

    For a combined package of Reliability, Performance, Practicality & Price!
    Those cars also don't gets old – in 15-20 years from today everything in the car will work like today (if you give the car the minimum care it deserves)!

  6. I had the 2010 Cobalt ss t/c and that thing (tbh most underrated car) hauled ass for what it was. I can't wait to get my hands on one of these

  7. Hey my 2020 Accord Sport 2.0T barely has any torque steer either! I have the 10-speed auto and I've punched it from a dig..barely, barely any torque-steer.. at all. 😀 Awesome review, Jason!

  8. it would've been nice if it has an 8000rpm redline. and it's not a "DOHC VTEC". meaning to say only the intake has cam profile… unlike the FN2 or FD2.

  9. Hey Jason, I'm about 3 years late on a comment, but I'm stuck between a 2020 STI vs. a 2020 Type R. I've driven the STI and loved it, and have yet to drive a Type R. My question is this:
    A lot of people downsize the Type R rims and I was thinking to do the same, simply so I can have a wider range of tires to purchase. I have read though that downsizing rims can negatively affect performance. I'm wondering what type of rim you suggest, either 19, or 18 that would allow for the Civic to behave as much like stock as possible? Thanks.

    By the way, as a math teacher, I really do enjoy your explanations. You're awesome.

  10. I reckon You are one of the best reviewer I have seen! You are a real transparent guy!
    I can see you have done some work with yourself or you are just gifted!
    Most of reviewers these days are run by their ego…
    Well done! And keep it real!

  11. I have a type R can I put some 245 35 zr 20 tires would it rub the fender I just got it 2021 type R really appreciate it love to know before I buy it

  12. Finally someone that explains technically the inner workings.. Great review.. I would like to hear your comparison with a megan RS trophy 300

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