Drivers who prefer manual transmissions may notice how every year carmakers opt to develop vehicles fitted with automatic transmissions. This is especially true for sports car aficionados. Car manufacturers shifting to automatic transmission does make sense. A computer-controlled mechanism can shift gears quicker than a human.
While automakers may see manual transmission as a thing of the past, we think a considerable number of drivers disagree. Driving manual is more fun and engaging. It requires a level of skill that makes someone a better driver. Manual-transmission lovers, we have a treat for you. These are the top vehicles you can get that come fitted with a manual transmission;
2019 Honda Civic Type R
Honda’s top performance vehicle has a four-cylinder turbocharged 306-hp engine. If that’s not enough, it also comes with a manual transmission. Though the Civic Type R’s look may not be for everyone, the car is a sophisticated piece of machinery and retails for $34,990.
2019 Subaru BRZ
Alongside its sibling, the Toyota 86, the 2019 Subaru BRZ offers an engaging driving experience. The car comes fitted with a four-cylinder engine that makes 205 hp at 7,000 rpm. Engineers almost developed a paddle-shift, twin-clutch transmission. Instead, they chose a manual six-speed transmission as the standard. An automatic transmission is optional.
Recently, Subaru added a track-focused, high-performance tS model highlighted by frame stiffeners, re-tuned suspension, high-performance brakes, and a big rear wing. The 2019 BRZ starts at $26,680, making it one of the more affordable options.
2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Along with the Miata’s responsive handling, the car’s dollop of 1960 British roadster has drawn in large numbers of buyers. The car’s manual five-speed transmission makes the experience even more thrilling. Mazda later added an optional six-speed that was just as great.
2019 Ford Mustang GT
The only thing rarer than manual transmission is seeing a car company dedicate itself to upgrading their current manual transmission. In 2018, Ford upgraded the V8 powered GT’s manual. Engineers added a new dual-mass flywheel, twin-disc clutch, more closely spaced gears, and new synchronizers. The result is a more rewarding, smoother Mustang GT.
Buyers who want a more powerful GT (without having to get a Shelby) also have the option to get the level 2 Performance Package. The icing on the cake: The cars only come with manual transmissions.
2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
While Chevrolet dramatically redesigned the Corvette in 2014, the car company didn’t touch its powerful V8 and manual transmission. The 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is powered by a supercharged 650-hp V8 engine, With a few tweaks, it can go from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.3 seconds.
While there is an optional automatic eight-speed transmission, the manual seven-speed version is among the best manual transmissions coupled with any V8. Its retail price, $80,490 is on the higher side, but you’ll get one of the best-driving sport vehicles out there.
Although automatic transmissions are still the preferred option for drivers, we appreciate these powerful manual options.