You can't get a manual transmission in many cars anymore. We know this. But there are some cars out there that are just begging for a stick shift.
The Shelby GT500 is the big-power Mustang we've been waiting for. It has over 700 horses thanks to a 5.2-liter supercharged V-8—but it's missing one crucial feature: A manual gearbox. The GT500 is dual-clutch only, though if enough customers demand it, Ford might start offering a stick. But for now, it's paddles only.
The AMG GT is the sportiest car in Mercedes's lineup, so we think it certainly deserves three pedals. The hardcore GT R variant is probably better off with a dual-clutch, though.
Both generations of SVT Lightning were cool trucks, but neither could be optioned with a stick, which is unfortunate. Pair a heavy-duty five-speed to that supercharged motor and you'd have one hell of a package.
We can forgive Aston for not offering a manual on its DB11 grand tourer, but why leave it out on the new DBS Superleggera? It's supposed to be the sportier version, after all.
We can forgive Audi for not giving its bigger RS models a manual—it just wouldn't be a good fit. But the smaller RS3 would certainly benefit from a third pedal.
Considering all the high-tech stuff in the R35-generation GT-R, a manual transmission doesn't really make sense—but we'd still like to see one with a stick regardless. The R34-generation car had a bunch of tech, and it had a stick. So why couldn't this one?
The V60 Polestar checks a lot of boxes—just not the most important one. It's super-fun to drive, but having a transmission you can shift yourself would make it even more fun.
The GranTurismo has been on sale for a decade, yet Maserati has never deemed it necessary to drop in a manual transmission. The car has received both a torque converter automatic and a single-clutch automated gearbox, but never a proper three-pedal unit.
The new Q60 is a good-looking car, that's for sure. It's also fast, and comfortable too. A manual shifter would be a great addition to an already good package, but alas, it makes due with a seven-speed auto instead.
While the last-gen R8 was gifted with the option of a gated six-speed manual for all trims, the latest car makes do with only a seven-speed dual-clutch. We'd especially like it if Audi offered a manual with the rear-wheel drive R8 RWS. That would be a truly complete package.
The 4C has all the makings of a good sports car. It has a carbon fiber monocoque, a mid-engine layout, and even manual steering. What it doesn't have, though, is any sort of manual transmission option. The only gearbox available is a six-speed dual-clutch.
You can still get the "normal" Hellcat with a manual transmission, but if you're thinking about buying a six-speed 797-horsepower Hellcat Redeye, sorry, but you're out of luck. It's auto-only. Same goes for any V6-powered Challengers.
Jaguar's new entry-level luxury sedan has some great dynamics and stylish looks. You can get it with a manual in Europe, but not here in America. That's a real shame.
Lexus chose to go old-school when it dropped a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 under the hood of the RC-F, but didn't give the same treatment to the gearbox. The only available transmission is an automatic eight-speed.
The Lexus LFA is arguably one of the best sounding production cars ever, but what people don't like to hear is how bad the six-speed automated sequential transmission was. Pop in a manual, and you'd solve the LFA's biggest problem.
The lethargic six-speed transmission was one of the things we didn't like in our drive of the Fusion Sport. Combining a six-speed stick with that 2.7-liter Ecoboost V6 would surely make for a better overall experience.
Part of what made the Zonda so great was the fact you could get it with a manual transmission. When the Huayra came out, the sole transmission choice was a single-clutch automated gearbox. There are rumors Pagani could be cooking up a manual Huayra, but for now, the auto is all we've got.
Whether it be the 707-horsepower Hellcat or just a normal V6 powered base model, people want manuals in their Chargers. It would certainly make the car a lot more fun, but according to Dodge, it would require cutting apart the firewall apart to get anything other than an auto to fit. Sorry Mopar fans.
We recently drove the Kia Stinger on the Nurburgring, and found that while its chassis was great, it was held back by its drivetrain setup. We have a feeling a manual would fix at least some of that.
Weirdly enough, you can only option a six-speed manual in rear-wheel drive versions of the BMW M240i. If you need xDrive, sorry, but you're going to have to settle for the eight-speed ZF auto.