Published at Tuesday, 14 April 2020. manual car. By Roy Masse.
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.
The Miata was all new for 2016, and a few years later the Mazda not only retains the easy-shifting and precise six-speed manual transmission in the Roadster model but also the even better driving retractable fastback (RF) model. Either way, 2019 MX-5s get an uprated engine that now makes 181 hp and revs to 7,500 rpm. And regardless of whether your Miata has a hard roof or a soft one, it’s one of the best manual transmissions available on any car at any price.
t’s worth noting that some cars with dual-clutch automatics offer a manual shifting mode, usually via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, but the experience is not the same. Some performance enthusiasts may bemoan the loss of the ”row-it-yourself” experience, since manually shifting is an enjoyable skill to practice and perfect, but if speed is the ultimate goal, it’s hard to argue with the results of an automated manual transmission.
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