Published at Tuesday, 14 April 2020. manual car. By Suzette Dubois.
The manual transmission is on the endangered species list. Every year fewer and fewer cars are offered with a clutch and a shifter. Why? Americans just don’t want to be bothered with the chore of working a clutch with their left foot and shifting with their right. And sports car manufacturers are the worst offenders when it comes to quitting on the stick shift. Because the newest computer-controlled automatics can shift more quickly than any human can, engineers see the manual transmission as outdated.
The sport compact-car scene might have peaked more than a decade ago but this is the year that Honda has finally decided to bring over one of its legendary Type R Civics. The Type R is the top performance car in Honda’s lineup. In fact, we’d guess only the Acura NSX supercar is quicker. But what’s neat about the Type R is that Honda channels the output of the 306-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine through a manual transmission and on to the front wheels. That’s right, every Type R is a manual.
Manual transmissions are rare. It’s rarer still these days to find an automaker that will spend the time and money to upgrade their manual transmission. That’s exactly what Ford did for 2018.
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