Though it may seem the manual transmission is fading away from new cars, there are still a bunch of great options out there. Here are some of your favorites.
2018 is the last year you can buy a Shelby GT350 before the car goes out of production. If you're on the fence about owning one, we say go for it. It has a seriously exotic flat-plane crank V8 engine, and it's one of the few performance cars out there that doesn't even have an option for an automatic transmission.
Unlike many exotic manufacturers, Chevy isn't shy about offering a manual transmission in its top-spec, 700-horsepower supercar. The Corvete ZR1 has a massively powerful supercharged V8 and tons of aero pieces, but can still be purchased with three pedals.
Unlike the normal ZL1, which can be optioned with a 10-speed auto, the hardcore, track-ready 1LE is manual only. That should tell you something about how Chevy approaches its performance cars.
Though some may fault the STI's aging powertrain, we can't help but love it. Plus, the only gearbox Subaru offers is a clicky six-speed manual—even in the top-spec Type RA.
What list of new manual cars would be complete without the best of them all, the Miata? Specially developed for driver enjoyment, the six-speed unit is wonderful to use and worlds more engaging than the optional torque converter automatic.
The Fiat 500 Abarth has been around for several years now, and as such, are getting some serious markdowns on dealer lots. For the price, it's one of the cheapest fun manual cars you can buy.
If you want a new Miata with a turbocharger, the 124 Spider Abarth is the closest you'll be able to get. It's nearly as great to drive as the Miata too, with a bunch of added Italian flair.
If you want a car that can do it all, it's hard to argue with the BMW M3 and M4 twins. Even with a manual transmission, it's easy to drive to work everyday, and you can just as easily hit the track on the weekends.
The M2 is BMW's most enjoyable M car in years, and a lot of that has to do with the manual transmission option. Sure, the dual-clutch is quicker, but there's something about driving a small BMW with a stick that can't be beat.
For the newest generation of Golf R, buyers have a choice between a six-speed manual and a DSG dual-clutch automatic. Though the DSG is certainly faster and easier, we'd still recommend the manual. What hot hatch would be complete without a stick shift, after all?
If off-roading is more your style, then it's difficult not to recommend the Wrangler. Unlike pretty much every other new off-road vehicle out there, it can still be purchased with a manual transmission.
The newest iteration of Porsche's entry-level mid-engine sports cars may no longer have the wonderful flat-six engines of years past, but they can still be optioned with three pedals. We think that's more important, anyway.
Cadillac just discontinued the ATS sedan, but the two-door coupe version is still available, manual transmission and all. It's one of the best-handling cars in its class, and it looks awesome.
The Focus RS is sticking around for at least a little while longer, and nowadays, you can find pretty good deals on cars sitting on dealer lots. Better act fast before they're gone forever.
If you can't swing the price of the RS, but still want an extremely fun Focus, don't worry, the ST is still available as well. Whether you go ST or RS, a manual transmission is the only gearbox available.
If you're looking for the most fun new small car out there, the Fiesta ST is where it's at. You can still buy them new from dealerships in 2018, and we think it's one of the greatest new cars on sale, period.
There's a lot to love about the Evora 400. It's amazing to drive, looks great, and sounds wonderful. Though an automatic is available, the six-speed manual is the only transmission you should bother with.
Honda finally decided to bring the Type R badge back to America for the newest Civic hatch, and unsurprisingly, it's a hit. And yes, it's manual-only.
If you need some sensibility in your life, but still want all the fun of the Type R's powertrain, don't worry, Honda offers a detuned version of the Civic's 2.0-liter turbo four in the Accord, equipped with an option six-speed manual. Truly a modern sleeper.