Today we bring you three examples of sports cars with the manual transmission that can still purchase in 2019 and that continue to provide high doses of fun.
Over the years, we have witnessed how numerous brands sacrificed certain elements of their cars to offer greater technology. However, this breakthrough caused much of the car’s purity to be lost by removing components such as the manual gearbox. Fortunately, there are still several firms that are committed to this transmission that keeps the essence of the sports car intact. That allows the driver to be much more connected to the car even though the changes are not even half as fast as those made by the automatic transmission.
As in Highmotor, we are inveterate lovers of everything that evokes the vehicles of yesteryear, we have decided to create a small list of three sports cars that you can buy today with manual change. Indeed, many do not consider this element as essential, but the fact that it is becoming extinct causes it to be even more special.
The signing of the oval made Europeans very happy there in 2015 when they announced the arrival of the Ford Mustang to the old continent. This result not only meant that we could put an end to tedious imports, but we were also going to be able to enjoy one of the most iconic sports cars in the world.
Ford offers two options in our market: a more modest one equipped with a four-cylinder EcoBoost propeller; and the purest with the surname GT and a powerful -and delicious- atmospheric 5.0-liter V8. The Coyote engine, with its 450 hp associated , a six-ratio manual box, a simply superb touch. They are the perfect pairing that makes the Mustang much more meaningful.
BMW has always been a benchmark manufacturing sports, especially when the last name M perches on its rear. However, the latest generation of the Z4 has opted-in its most modest variant for an element that makes it an even more special car: the manual transmission.
To be more specific, the Z4 sDrive 20i is responsible for offering this type of transmission with a turbocharged supercharged four-cylinder engine capable of developing 197 hp and 320 Nm of torque. These figures associated with manual transmission and rear-wheel drive make German sports cars an option capable of combining luxury, fun, and nostalgia in equal parts with great success.
Of course in this top 3 could not miss one of the most idyllic sports of all time. The Japanese house has been giving life to a vehicle with a price-fun relationship that has been very difficult to overcome since the late 1980s, and which remains intact today.
Thanks to its atmospheric mechanics, its low weight, and the presence of the manual gearbox, the Mazda MX-5 faithfully represents the original sports concept. If we combine this with its relatively affordable price, we obtain a product with very few direct rivals.