It's not often that a high performance, race ready hatchback is also comfortable, competent and refined while performing street duty. In rolls Honda's long awaited world-platform 10th generation 2017 Civic Type-R -- astoundingly good!

Honda's world record setting 2017 Civic Type-R is much more than just another race performance hatchback. Dropping into the high bolstered Recaro-like driver's seat of the much anticipated 2017 Honda Civic Type-R, I fully anticipated an overall miserable drive and ride experience.

Afterall, it's not often that an auto manufacturer presents a production track-ready club racer that is as comfortable on the road, as it is proficient on the track. Such is the case with Type-R; visually edgy, yet touring car comfortable. Civic Si, yes, it's a blast to drive as well.

While much has been made by of Type-R's exceptional turbocharged 2.0 Liter VTEC high output engine and stellar 6-speed manual transmission, there's much more to Type R than top of segment horsepower and torque. (306 horsepower@6500 rpm/295 lb-ft torque@2500 to 4500 rpm) Type-R is darn comfortable, is standard equipped with 3 drive modes, active adaptive dampening, affords hatchback utility, and hasn't compromised fit and finish quality, or interior accouterments, in Honda's riteouse quest to preserve reasonable MSRP.

2017 Honda Civic Type-R comes well equipped with no factory options

With a 'what you see is what you get' no options build platform, outside of exterior color options, Type-R comes in one variant, and one dedicated track proven engine and transmission paring. Far from bare bones, Honda's performance Halo Car comes to the U.S. for a very reasonable MSRP (suggested retail price of $33,900 + $875 handling;) a screaming performance bargain in a compact performance segment dominated by Ford, Subaru and V.W.. Check out the not so meek and mild Honda Civic Hatchback Touring Sport.

Honda Type-R has the price advantage. And from where I sit is arguably the most comfortable sport-ready seat Honda has ever produced, Type-R also holds the overall performance advantage. For me, a lifetime auto sports participant and enthusiast, the rest of the story that is Honda's latest and greatest performance hatchback happens on the street. Civic Type-R although track ready, is a very capable daily commuter and task master. If you keep your foot out of it (ease of on the gas a bit) 2017 Civic Type-R can and will average well over 30 MPG on the highway.

The first Civic to wear the Type-R label in the U.S. is as much a joy to drive on the street as it is on the track -- right out of the box, no modifications required. Honda engineering all but eliminates torque steer in Civic Type-R.

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