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TOTD: Does the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Need a Manual Option?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 12/23/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Cadillac broke our hearts twice with the new-generation CTS-V. If axing the wagon wasn't enough, Cadillac also threw out the six-speed manual for the 2016 model year. But do you think the model needs a row-your-own option to be successful?

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Some argue it comes down to pure business. Admittedly, there is a lot to be excited about with the upgraded 8L90E eight-speed automatic that is coming to the CTS-V, which should bring the same smooth shifting and improved fuel economy as we see on cars like the 2015 Corvette and CTS Vsport. And as we noted in a previous review, only 15 percent of CTS-V sedans and coupes in the outgoing generation were ordered with a manual transmission. For the wagon, which is now gone, the number was a bit higher at 30 percent. GM could also be saving production capacity of stick shifts for the Corvette, which reportedly has a higher manual take rate. 2016 Cadillac CTS V© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Cadillac CTS V

But if everything were about pure-and-immediate dollars and cents, then the auto industry would be an entirely different place. Not only would manual transmissions disappear from many more models, but innovative technologies and cars that require heavy research and development like the Toyota Mirai would never have been made. There's definitely something to be said for leaving a legacy, and dropping the manual option could mean the CTS-V will take a hit with its fan base. The swiftest-shifting automatic transmission in the business is no substitute for the relationship you build with your car when guiding it through the gears yourself. Perhaps that's something BMW realizes, as the competing BMW M5 offers a six-speed manual for the U.S.

Does the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V need a manual option? Let us know in the comments below.

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