You Can Now Order the New Stratos With a Manual Gearbox

Thank goodness.

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Almost exactly one year ago, Manifattura Automobili Torino of Italy announced it would be building a production version of the new Stratos, styled after the original Lancia rally car of the 1970s. Based on a Ferrari F430, it uses the car's powertrain, and looks phenomenal. So far, we've only seen paddle-shift versions of the car, but thankfully, it seems the company will offer a manual transmission option as well.

When we got up close with the car during last year's Pebble Beach car week, a manual option was the number one question on my mind. Considering the F430 was offered with a stick from the factory, surely the new Stratos could use the same gearbox. Turns out that's exactly the case.

Manifattura Automobili Torino uses an entire donor F430 to build the car, so if you want a third pedal in your Stratos, you'll have to sacrifice a manual version (which are pretty rare and desirable cars). Still, we think it's worth it. Just look what you're getting in return for your $650,000:

According to , the company is building a limited run of just 25 cars. It's bringing its first two customer cars, the blue car shown above, and another car painted in a retro Alitalia livery, to Geneva next month. We can't wait to see them in person.

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