Why the 2017 Honda Civic Type R Doesn’t Have All-Wheel Drive » AutoGuide.com News


It would appear, at least on paper, that the 2017 Honda Civic Type R stands at a major disadvantage compared to its rivals.

While both the Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R, along with the Subaru WRX STI, send their output to all four wheels, the Type R retains the same front-wheel drive layout as even the most mundane models in the Civic lineup. The folks from Honda will tell you it’s a matter of keeping up with tradition. After all, no Honda Type R to this point has been fitted with all-wheel drive, let alone the Civic.

“Civic traditionally has always been front-wheel drive and this platform is front-wheel drive,” said Civic senior product planner Rob Keough. “And Type R is about what’s the maximum that we can achieve out of that platform.”

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