The manual transmission was and still is a sign of sportiness, ruggedness, and fun. But is all of this fading away with the constant improvements to the automatic transmission? Maybe. A lot of ordinary enthusiast cars today are dumping the option of a stick shift for quicker shifting double-clutch automatics, sequential manual gearboxes (SMG's), and automatics, that can be manually shifted with paddles on both sides of the steering wheel. The gear lever also can be put into a sport mode/position that can be pushed up and down to change gears.
|The layout of a DCL/PDK Transmission (dual-clutch-transmission.htm How Stuff Works)|
|SMG in the e46 BMW M3|
|The Pagani Zonda|
|The Corvette ZR1|