25 Cars You'd Buy If You Could Get Them With a Manual Transmission

Three pedals make everything better.

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Alfa Romeo

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.

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BMW
BMW 3-Series

The new 3-Series is here, and for the first time ever in North America, buyers can't option a manual transmission in any trim. That's a shame. Whether the same can be said for the upcoming M3 and M4 has yet to be seen. We're hopeful.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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.

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Mercedes-AMG
Mercedes-AMG GT

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.

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R&T
Ford F-150 SVT Lightning

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.

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Dean Smith
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

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.

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Audi RS3

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.

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Nissan
Nissan GT-R

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?

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Volvo
Volvo V60 Polestar

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.

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Remember this? Of course you do. It's a lovely, Pinninfarina-designed grand tourer with one of the most musical V8s in existence, but did you realize you can still buy one?  It might be nearly ten years old, but a replacement is still a few years away. Its Ferrari-designed V8 is down on power compared to cars from BMW M and Mercedes-AMG, but just take one listen and you won't care.
Maserati
Maserati GranTurismo

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.

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Cadillac
Cadillac CTS-V

The CTS-V may be a big luxury sedan, but so was the last one, and it had a manual option. The torque converter automatic in this current-gen car isn't very intuitive, so we think the six-speed manual from the Camaro ZL1 would do nicely as a replacement.

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Alex Bernstein
Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400

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.

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Audi
Audi R8

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.

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Alfa Romeo
Alfa Romeo 4C

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.

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Dodge
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

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.

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Jaguar
Jaguar XE

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.

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<p>Jaguar just introduced a manual for the V6 versions of the F-Type, and we applaud them for that. But now it's made us want the V8 versions (the R and SVR) with a manual transmission. Imagine the possibilities. </p>
Jaguar F-Type V8

Jaguar introduced a manual for the V6 versions of the F-Type, and we applaud them for that. But now it's made us want the V8 versions (the R and SVR) with a manual transmission. Imagine the possibilities.

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Lexus
Lexus RC-F

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.

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Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio

It turns out you can actually get the top-spec Giulia with a manual transmission ... just not in the US. We actually drove the six-speed-equipped Quadrifoglio, and it's pretty great. It's too bad Alfa didn't bring it over to this side of the Atlantic.

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<p>In addition to <a href="http://quizcards.info/car-culture/a25982/here-are-10-more-incredible-sounding-cars/">sounding incredible</a> (you can thank Yamaha for that), the Lexus LFA's triple-stacked exhaust looks plain amazing. Lexus developed some <a href="http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/features/10-things-you-don-t-know-about-the-2011-lexus-lfa.html" target="_blank">clever internal packaging</a> that made this arrangement possible. And the <a href="http://quizcards.info/new-cars/reviews/a15827/2011-lexus-lfa-2/">V10's howl</a> was just the cherry on top.</p>
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Lexus LFA

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.

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Ford
Ford Fusion Sport

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.

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What's better than a Pagani Huayra? A faster Huayra. This is the BC, named for Benny Caiola, a customer of Pagani's who recently passed away and has a great passion for the brand. This one has 750 horsepower, aero updates, and weighs just 2685 pounds. Rocketship.
Pagani
Pagani Huayra

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.

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<p>You can get the Challenger Hellcat with a manual, but why not the Charger Hellcat? There's something about a 707 hp family sedan with a stick shift that just sounds oh so right.</p>
Dodge
Dodge Charger

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.

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Audi
Audi TT RS

In America, Audi offered only a manual transmission for customers of the last-generation TT RS. This time around, it's the opposite. There's only one choice of gearbox, and it's a seven-speed dual-clutch.

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<p>The best thing we've seen so far is, surprisingly, from Kia. The&nbsp;<a href="http://quizcards.info/car-shows/detroit-auto-show/news/a32182/this-is-the-gorgeous-rear-wheel-drive-kia-stinger-gt/" data-tracking-id="recirc-text-link">Kia Stinger GT</a> is a 365 horsepower, rear-wheel drive sedan that looks like a mix of many of our favorite cars. We can't wait to drive it.</p>
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Kia Stinger

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.

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BMW
BMW M240i xDrive

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.

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