Manual Transmission

Carspotting Japan: Honda S660 Mugen Edition

Carspotting Japan: Honda S660 Mugen Edition
Hot on the heels of my tiny Italian carspotting in Japan a couple of weeks back, comes a far more modern, mid-engine approach to automotive engineering. Commonly referred to as “the new NSX’s baby brother,” the Honda S660 is a Japan-exclusive two-seat roadster that fits neatly within the Japanese kei car category, so it has to have less than a 1.0-liter engine.
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Aston Martin Vantage AMR Helps Save the Manuals

Aston Martin Vantage AMR Helps Save the Manuals
Aston Martin has announced a new variant of the Vantage, a limited edition ride with only 200 units to be made globally. Every single Vantage AMR gets a manual transmission. That manual is a 7-speed with a dog-leg first gear and AMSHIFT technology that automatically matches revs to mimic heel-toe shifting.
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New Ford Bronco May Get a 7-Speed Manual Transmission

New Ford Bronco May Get a 7-Speed Manual Transmission
The days of the manual transmission are coming to an end. Many European automakers have already killed off the manual, like Audi. Thankfully, it appears that Ford isn’t quite ready to give up on the manual, and a new rumor suggests that the new Bronco will get a 7-speed manual option to mate with its expected 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6.
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BMW to Keep Offering Manuals on M Series Cars

BMW to Keep Offering Manuals on M Series Cars
Good news for fans of BMW M cars. Head of the Teutonic car maker’s M division Frank van Meel has confirmed that thanks to demand for manual transmissions, the next generation of BMW M cars will continue to get a manual transmission option.
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Subaru Eyesight Push Could Hasten Death of Manuals

Subaru Eyesight Push Could Hasten Death of Manuals
Some potentially bad news has emerged concerning the future of manual transmissions in Subaru vehicles. As many of you might already know, the company is in the midst of a big push towards safety and automation with their Eyesight system.
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2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF Review: Road Warrior Reaffirmed

2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF Review: Road Warrior Reaffirmed
Has there ever been a time when a little Mazda sports car hasn’t kicked ass? Sure, they may be a bit quirky, and lord knows rotary-powered platforms had their fair share of maintenance and performance faults, but dammit if they haven’t all been cool in one regard or another.
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Getting My Manual Swagger in the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta

Getting My Manual Swagger in the 2017 Volkswagen Jetta
Who ever heard of an auto journalist who can’t drive a stick shift? Often, I took criticism over my inability to drive a manual transmission. I missed out on driving several amazing cars because of this.
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Manual Shifter, Coilover, and Turbocharger Keychains

Manual Shifter, Coilover, and Turbocharger Keychains
The manual transmission continues to become more and more of a rarity in modern cars – especially here in the US. After all, most modern automatics are faster and more fuel efficient than their manual predecessors.
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Carbon Fiber Coasters with Manual Shift Pattern: Row Your Own Drinks

Carbon Fiber Coasters with Manual Shift Pattern: Row Your Own Drinks
We had coasters around the house growing up, but I never used them unless I needed something to fling at my brother’s head. I’m not a fan of coasters, but I am very much a fan of carbon fiber and manual transmissions.
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2017 Honda Civic Hatchback: The Price Is Right

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback: The Price Is Right
If you’re on the lookout for a fun to drive car with a decent amount of power and a manual gear box, the new 2017 Honda Civic Hatch might be just the ticket. The car will be very affordable, starting at $19,700 with a manual transmission.
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2017 Audi A4 to Get a 6-Speed Manual Option

2017 Audi A4 to Get a 6-Speed Manual Option
If the only thing keeping you from buying a new Audi A4 has been the fact that you couldn’t get it with a manual transmission, get out your checkbook. Audi has announced that the 2017 A4 will be the only car in the AWD luxury segment that can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission.
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Does a Manual Transmission Make a Boring Car Fun?

Does a Manual Transmission Make a Boring Car Fun?
There are some adages in the automotive realm that never seem to go away. For example, it’s always more fun to drive a slow car fast than a fast car slow – which is true. There’s also a group of people who prefer a manual transmission over any other option, regardless of the car.
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Review: 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road with Manual

Review: 2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road with Manual
The Tacoma TRD Off-Road isn’t a new vehicle to us here at 95octane. Paul spent some quality time in the Tacoma line last year, but there was one thing those vehicles didn’t have. We even reviewed the TRD Sport and it was missing the same thing.
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Do You Really Want a Manual Transmission Pickup Truck?

Do You Really Want a Manual Transmission Pickup Truck?
Pickup trucks, whether they be heavy duty, regular duty, or midsize have advanced significantly over the past few years. Where they once just used to be a work tool with some nice features that you could live with everyday, they now are full-blown Mercedes-Benzes with a pickup truck bed attached.
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Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Gets Manual Trans Option

Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Gets Manual Trans Option
If all you want is the fastest shifting and flappy paddles to do all the hard work, you can get that in most exotic sports cars in the world. For those who prefer to row their own gears and seek the glory that is perfect heel-toe shifting, a manual transmission is the only way to go.
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