Cars are getting more powerful than ever, but manual transmissions are becoming increasingly niche. That doesn't mean that big-power cars don't offer stick-shifts anymore. In fact, there are 12 that pair an engine with 450 or more horsepower and a row-your-own gearbox. Let's hope these sorts of cars never die.
People may argue that new 911s have gone soft compared with their spindly predecessors, but you can still get most with a manual gearbox, a seven-speed in fact. The 991 Carrera GTS offers 450 hp from its twin-turbo flat-six with both rear- and all-wheel drive and three different body styles.
The current Camaro SS combines a 6.2-liter small block with one of the best rear-drive chassis out there to create something great. Opt for the 1LE track package and you've got a real road-course weapon for reasonable money.
Even in its least powerful iteration, the Corvette rules. It has the same 6.2-liter V8 as the Camaro SS, but it's paired with a seven-speed manual to eke out a little extra fuel economy.
For 2018, Ford updated the Mustang and made a number of changes to its 5.0-liter V8. The result is a high-revving beast with 460 hp and an excellent noise. Get the Bullitt version and power rises to 480 hp thanks to some Ford Performance bolt-ons.
The ATS-V might be going out of production soon, but you can still get the Coupe for the time being. Opt for the manual, and you get a hilariously engaging sports car.
With a base price of $40,000, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack is a screaming deal. And the combination of that 392ci naturally aspirated V8 and a six-speed manual is especially sweet, even if the optional eight-speed auto might be quicker on the drag strip.
Porsche dropped the manual for the 911 GT3 in 2013 and purists revolted. The company listened, and stuck a new six-speed in the 2018 GT3 and we're very grateful. The 4.0-liter flat-six in the GT3 is a naturally aspirated monster with a 9000-rpm redline, and pairing it with a stick means you can experience all of it. A manual GT3 isn't the fastest 911, but it's easily the most fun.
Ford only offers the GT350 with a stick. Just as it should be. Its 5.2-liter 8200-rpm V8 needs to have three pedals.
While Chevy just introduced a 10-speed automatic for the ZL1 1LE, that car still comes standard with a six-speed manual. The automatic might set quicker lap times, but we guarantee you'll have more fun driving the manual.
Like the Camaro SS and Corvette Stingray, the ZL1 and Z06 share a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 650 hp. The crazy thing is that this isn't the most powerful Corvette Chevy sells.
Now we've entered the 700-club. No, not that one. Though the Redeye and Demon went auto-only, the Hellcat still offers a stick. Seven-hundred seventeen horsepower with a gear lever and three pedals to control them might seem like too much, but really, it's just right.