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Here’s Nine Manual Trans 2020s You Can Order Now

Everyone is griping about how there are no more manual transmission vehicles anymore. But, there are. It’s just that no one is buying them. If you want one, then buy one. Let your friends at Motor Biscuit help. Here are nine different cars you can still row through the gears with a manual trans. Some are on the less-expensive side which is fantastic. Others-not so much. Buy one before they’re all gone.

2020 BMW M4 

2020 BMW M4 | BMW

You expected the midsize BMW to still have an optional stick, but you would be wrong. Actually, it’s the standard transmission. And no, we wouldn’t be surprised if even the 4-Series no longer had it, but it does. You can get it with less power, but the M4 six-cylinder engine snorts out 425 hp at 406 lb-ft of torque. You’ll feel those extra horses with a stick shifting through the gears.

2020 BMW M2

2020 BMW M2 Competition
2020 BMW M2 Competition | BMW

If the 4-series is a little too hefty for you then the 2-Series coupe might be just right. It comes standard with the six-speed manual trans. It also mimics the same styling as its larger 4-Series brother. The six-cylinder is the same 425 hp six as in the 4-Series. With less weight and smaller dimensions, you can fling this thing around with ease, and enjoy it more with the manual trans.

2020 Genesis G70 Sedan

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One of the true values in sedans today at well under $40,000, it also comes with a manual trans. Though some report vague shift feel the G70 should feed back fine with the more powerful 3.3-liter V6 with 365 hp. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with the manual trans. The best engine is the 2.0-liter four-banger. The bad news is by the time the 2.0-liter engine gets replace in 2021 or 2022 the manual won’t be available. Get the manual G70 while you can.

2020 Lotus Evora GT

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A six-speed manual or paddle-shift automatic will both give you fun times but the manual is too tempting in such a pocket rocket. A supercharged 3.5-liter V6 matched with the manual will give you some old-school thrashing combined with the limited-slip diff rear. There’s 416 hp with 317 lb-ft of torque to play with. 

2020 Mini 

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Back by popular demand the manual returns for 2020. The Countryman and Clubman can’t be ordered with a manual until July 2020. Unfortunately, the more powerful Cooper versions won’t be available with the stick. If you couldn’t imagine a Mini any other way your wishes have been answered. Just don’t wait too long.

2020 718 Cayman/Boxster

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In many ways, the Cayman/Boxster is the ultimate club racer combining a perfect size with a manual in either the hardtop or convertible. The 911 has just gotten too fat. The fussy 2.0-liter Boxster four possesses an even 300 hp mated to that manual. Options will cost ya but go for the stripper version to save weight and cha-cha.

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S and S

2020 Porsche 911
2020 Porsche 911 | Porsche

If you must have the 911, and from a design perspective who doesn’t want one, a manual is still available. Manual 911s also get a sport mode, dynamic drivetrain mounts, and an automatic rev-matching mode at no additional charge. This is still a big, heavy car, but it’s a 911 so we can forgive some of that heft. The seven-speed manual is new for 2020 but won’t be available in the Carrera and Carrera 4.

2020 VW Golf GTI/Golf R Hatchbacks

2020 VW Golf | VW

Surprisingly, almost half of the Golfs manufactured in 2019 were manual transmission-equipped. Both the GTI and R come with a 2.0-liter four with the former punching out 228 hp while the latter has 288 hp. The Golf R also features all-wheel-drive from the 4Motion system. Maybe stick with the GTI for less monkey-motion and more fun.

2020 VW Jetta S/Jetta GLI Sedans

2020 VW Jetta | VW

The Jetta S only comes with the smaller four-cylinder when you order the manual, so go with the GLI. When you do you’ll get the same 2.0-liter engine as the Golf. The extra trunk accommodation doesn’t affect the sedan’s performance so Golf-like performance is brisk.