Only 37 Percent of New Cars Worldwide Come With a Manual Handbrake

The number is even lower in the US, much to the horror of handbrake-turn enthusiasts.

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According to a survey by British car shopping site CarGurus, "only two mainstream manufacturers offer manually-operated parking brake on their entire model range." And since we are talking about the UK here, those two happen to be Suzuki and Dacia, budget brands absent from the United States market. Meanwhile, premium brands such as Audi, Jaguar and Land Rover have completely gotten rid of traditional mechanical parking brakes in favor of their electronic equivalents. And that's a problem, as recently confirmed by new-new Top Gear's Chris Harris and Rory Reid:

When electronic systems started to take over, I asked Christian von Koenigsegg about why the Regera comes with an e-brake, while the Agera still has a cable and a lever. "Packaging" was his answer.

It's true that electronic parking brakes require no physical effort to operate, nor do they need the occasional adjustment that a mechanical system requires. They also save a considerable amount of interior space, and can double as a hill-hold system with just a little bit of computer programming.

However, electronic handbrakes can't lock your wheels at high speeds. Most won't function at all when the car is in motion, meaning they can't be used as a backup in case of major brake failure. And they definitely can't be used for spectacular handbrake turns. Let's be realistic: What's the point of a sports car without the ability to cut corners? The Mazda Miata comes with a traditional lever for a reason.

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