Honda has some fences to mend with its enthusiast core, there being no CRX since 1991, no Prelude since 2001, and no Acura Integra/RSX since 2006. Then there’s the Civic Type R, a hyper Honda that was available overseas for several generations almost as yet another cruel thumb in the eye of American Honda fans. The drought finally ends with the 2017 Type R that romps into American showrooms with 306 horsepower, a healthy 101 more than the Civic Si, and 295 pound-feet of torque from a turbo 2.0-liter. And, significantly, just the front wheels to put it to the ground. Only a roller-bearing crank and chain-drive would make this car any more Honda.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/02/28/the-new-honda-civic-type-r