I was optimistic that the Civic Type R would succeed as a daily driver -- not necessarily a given, because some performance cars are just too rough for Michigan's pockmarked roads.     

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After nearly two straight weeks with a Type R in common situations, I can report that my expectations have been exceeded.

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No, Type Rs of years past haven't been this visually aggressive, but the best part is that when you're driving it, you don't have to look at it. 

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The Civic Type R relies on a massaged version of the previous generation's 2.0-liter turbocharged I4, good for 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

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That torque comes on nice and low, so even if you short-shift, decent throttle application results in ample hustle. It always wants to go.

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That motor is connected to the single best-feeling transmission Honda has built in over a decade.

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The Civic Type R's preternatural smoothness applies to its road manners, too. Three-mode adaptive dampers are surprisingly comfortable even in the hottest +R mode.

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If that bad boy is slapped into Comfort, it deals with Michigan's craptastic roads with ease.

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The Type R is EPA-rated at 22 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, and both numbers are staggeringly easy to top if you stay out of the boost. 

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Keep on scrolling to check out even more pictures of Honda's most powerful Civic to ever grace the US.

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