They say the manual transmission is dying, and there may be some truth to that. But not without reason. The fact is, modern automatics (in particular DSG gearboxes) aren't just as efficient, as fast, or as good as manuals. Objectively, they're better. Sorry, fellow Luddites... that's just how it is. Turns out, computers are pretty good at controlling machines.
Add to that the fact that most American kids raised in the last 25 years have never even seen a manual gearbox, and it seems almost certain that the manual transmission isn't long for this world. Fortunately, there are other places on this big rock we call Earth, and lots of drivers still enjoy actually driving the thing they're driving. Hence, these new manual cars that still come with a stick shift.Makes you wonder though... do you think those same automatic kids will bemoan the loss of steering wheels when self-driving cars take over? Probably. But for those of us cavemen still stuck in the days of doing things for yourself, a few companies still care about offering us the tools to do it. Vote up the new cars with manual transmissions that you'd like to drive.
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BYYes, Lamborghini still offers a real DIY box. I know. Weird, right? It's almost like Lamborghini still cares more about driver enjoyment and involvement than setting lap times on the Nurburgring. Pssht. Losers.4212Is this cool?
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BYIs it even possible to build a retro pony car without a manual transmission? Dodge offers a stick shift on all trim levels of the Challenger, including the awesome 707-horsepower Hellcat. In fact, six-speed manual tranny Hellcats are handily outselling automatic versions - there aren't many other cars on Earth that can claim that stat.4214Is this cool?
- Photo: Chad Horwedel / FlickrGone is the old Tremec 6060 for Corvette's C7 iteration. Here to stay is the bespoke TR-6070. It's just like the old transmission, but with a new and improved number. That's not all that's new and improved, either. While the last generation was panned by some Eurotrash types as being cheap, flimsy, and untamable, the (far better looking) C7 has proven well on par with many Italians that cost two to three times as much.3813Is this cool?
- Photo: Brian Snelson / FlickrIt's a Mustang. That should pretty much sum it up. At no point in the car's history has it not come with a manual, and that certainly isn't changing now. Especially since the Mustang's latest generation leans so heavily on Ford's huge base of younger 5.0 fanboys. Six-speeds are on offer for all trim levels; V-6 engines get the Tremec 3160, while 5.0- and 5.2-liters get a Getrag Ford MT82.3813Is this cool?