The transition from fossil fuel-powered cars to electric and electrification is a fascinating and exciting time to witness. Time will tell if such changes will reverse the effects of global climate change. The venture into a new world should be seen as a step into the unknown. Stepping into the unknown is a chance to leave the past behind and build a new future, that is the penalty for progress. Many motoring purists see the slow death of petrol and diesel engines and manual transmissions through rose-tinted spectacles. But nostalgia is and always will be a state of mind. And in my mind, I am more than happy to leave the old behind and quickly adopt and embrace the new.
After all, the steam engine was replaced by the diesel train but the purists will always romanticize the virtues of steam-power over diesel. Or look at it this way, you should always upgrade to the latest Windows operating system because software becomes more demanding, hardware improves. But there will always be individuals who are reluctant to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10.
The Mk11 Honda Civic Type R has become the equivalent of the steam engine co-existing with the steam train and Windows 7. The 2.0-litre 4-cylinder turbo-charged engine is upgraded for Type R specific 316bhp madness. Tragically the Type R will only be available with a six-speed manual gearbox. The exhaust is also upgraded, presumably to boost sound as much as performance. All in all, this allows for a 0-62mph time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 169mph.
The Honda Civic Type R has always been a hoon to drive, but it is the last of a dying breed, it has become the steam engine, it has become the Desktop PC user who refuses to upgrade from Windows 7. It is the last of the Mohawk Honda.