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author photo by Will Kinton March 2017

The new Honda Civic Type R was revealed earlier this month at the 2017 Geneva Auto Show -- and it looks like it will be a barn burner. The Type R will be a competitor with the Ford Focus RS, Subaru WRX STI and Volkswagen Golf R, with a likely starting price of about $35,000, a 306-horsepower turbo four and a mandatory 6-speed transmission that sends all that power to ... the front wheels?

Yes, it's true: While the Type R's competitors use all-wheel drive across the board, Honda has decided to make the new Type R a front-wheel-drive car. By now, it's more or less accepted as scientific fact that 260 horsepower is about the limit of controllability for FWD cars, as torque steer starts to become a real issue at that point. The Focus ST is pretty famous for this phenomenon, and it has about 25 less lb-ft of torque and 40 fewer hp than the Civic Type R will have.

Honda says they've managed to reduce this sensation by using their Dual-Axis front strut setup, but it's hard to believe it'll be fully eliminated. Getting 300 hp to the front wheels will make putting the pedal down an interesting experience, for sure -- and, of course, there's no way to know exactly what it will be like to drive until it comes out.

I'm really interested to see how well the Civic Type R will do, as it's probably the most bonkers car to come out of Japan in a long time -- especially with its front-wheel drive. In addition to its gobs of power, the Type R's exterior styling makes the Subaru WRX STI and Ford Focus RS look downright conservative, with many cooling vents, carbon fiber accents and a gigantic wing that straddles the rear hatch. It's refreshing change from the usual (typically dull) fare from Japan.

That being said, teenagers everywhere will probably think it's awesome -- but teenagers generally can't afford a $35,000 Honda Civic. The people who can afford a $35,000 car are also generally people with real jobs, desk jobs, possibly even management roles. Can you imagine pulling into work while driving a neon-green car sporting this massive wing and then telling someone they'll have to clean out their desk by the end of the day? Maybe on that day you'll drive the Accord.

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