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20 Best Cars That Still Offer Manual Transmission

Popular Mechanics Logo By Ben Stewart of Popular Mechanics | Slide 1 of 21: Base Price: $80,490The Corvette, redesigned in 2014, underwent its most dramatic redesign in decades. But as radical as the new look was compared to previous Vettes, they made sure to keep essentials unchanged - a powerful V8 and a manual. The new 7-speed manual transmission (an 8-speed automatic is optional) is one of the best hooked to any V8. And that’s true even for the top Z06 model. The Z06 makes a rather astonishing 650 hp from its supercharged V8 and when shifted by an expert tester can hit 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds. One might expect a car with such heavyweight performance to have a transmission that takes muscle to shift, but that’s not the case. The Z06’s gearbox moves through the shift pattern easily. It’s a pleasure to use. And that’s true of the whole car too. This is one of the best-driving sports cars in the world - at any price.

The 20 Best Cars That Still Offer a Manual Transmission

The manual transmission is on the endangered species list. Every year fewer and fewer cars are offered with a clutch and a shifter. Why? Americans just don't want to be bothered with the chore of working a clutch with their left foot and shifting with their right. And sports car manufacturers are the worst offenders when it comes to quitting on the stick shift. Because the newest computer-controlled automatics can shift more quickly than any human can, engineers see the manual transmission as outdated.

We disagree. Shifting a manual transmission is not only more engaging and fun than flicking some dainty little paddles, it also requires more skill and makes the driver a better one. Some carmakers still see the beauty of the manual transmission. Here are 20 of the greatest driver's machines that still do.

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