Why there are no more stick-shift Acuras

If you were at all car-aware in the 1990s and 2000s, Acura was squarely on your radar. From the brand's first Legends, to the iconic Integra, to the follow-up RSX and the halo-status NSX, Acura's lineup always included something for the gearheads among us, complete with honest-to-goodness manual transmissions. » 1/23/15 1:27pm 1/23/15 1:27pm

The Manual Transmission Isn't Going Just Yet

We car enthusiasts, clench to the manual transmission as lunatic women clench to the 70% discounted Blu-Ray DVDs on black friday, ready to break the neck of anyone who even dares look at the apparatus. The manual transmission has become one of things we hold dear to our hearts, not because it is technically superior,… » 10/04/14 12:05pm 10/04/14 12:05pm

Twenty Awesome Covers From The US Space Program

The upcoming 2013 April 18 Space Exploration Signature Auction by Heritage Auctions brought us these fine document covers. Manuals, guidebooks, press kits, reports, brochures - all with cool artworks and typography. Enjoy! » 3/28/13 9:37am 3/28/13 9:37am

How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane

Got your eye on a sweet used '59 U-2 spy plane you saw on Craigslist? Would you go ahead and take the plunge if you just, you know, knew how to fly it? Then boy, are you in luck. » 1/08/13 2:00pm 1/08/13 2:00pm

Yes, It's Ethical To Drive A Stick Shift

I really shouldn't have to even be answering this question. This week in Salon David Sirota wrote an article asking "Is it ethical to drive stick?" It's great to see a mainstream, intelligent publication like Salon talking about manual transmissions, except for one thing: the article is inane, and the fundamental… » 5/16/12 12:00pm 5/16/12 12:00pm

Land Rovers In Dubai Come With Delicious Edible Book

If you're stuck out in the Arabian desert in your new Land Rover, don't despair: you've been provided with a survival book that should help you figure out how to survive, and, if that's not enough, you can just eat the damn book. » 5/14/12 3:00pm 5/14/12 3:00pm

Oh, So That's How Shifting Works In Movies

The other day we revealed the secret to shifting in the Fast and Furious movies. Fascinated, I decided to investigate this further, and found that while the Fast and Furious franchise obviously required something a bit more robust, there actually did appear to be a special version of manual transmissions used in… » 5/04/12 12:30pm 5/04/12 12:30pm

The differences between people who can and can't drive a stick

The latest infoporn from Hunch.com delves into the site's proprietary user data system to uncover the characteristics of people who can drive cars with a stick shift vs. those who can't. » 9/27/11 10:30am 9/27/11 10:30am

— Dan Neil

Pulitzer-winning autojourno Dan Neil dings the Porsche Boxster Spyder and anyone who chooses a row-your-own six-speed over Porsche's PDK automagical tranny, claiming it's faster. Basically it's the same argument for ditching violins for electric guitars in orchestras because they're louder. » 7/27/10 10:00am 7/27/10 10:00am

Is There A Case For Automatic Transmissions?

Here's a scary thought for Halloween: between 1980 and 2005 the percentage of cars with a stick shift dropped from 35% to 6%. The rise in gas prices has led to a slight uptick in manual vehicles (7.7% last year), but most cars are still going in the direction of automatic transmissions. You won't be able to get a 2009… » 10/31/08 11:30am 10/31/08 11:30am

2009 Pontiac G8 GT Stuck With Slushbox

Rumors floating around that the Pontiac G8 GT will be available with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission for 2009 models have been officially squashed. Currently, all 2008 models will only be available with automatics, though we really weren't expecting anything but the 2009 G8 GXP to be offered with a proper manual » 6/24/08 10:30am 6/24/08 10:30am

2010 Nissan Maxima Diesel Coming The Only Way We'd Buy It: Stick Shift

Nissan just picked up a few points in our book for reversing the trend and announcing that the 2010 Nissan Maxima Diesel will be offered only with a manual cog-swapper, just in time for the oil-fueled American Civil War of 2009. Why Nissan's avoiding the large, slow-footed market after the jump.

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What's The Proper Orientation Of Manumatics?

Today's review car, which you can read about above, features three ways to clutchlessly shift gears. You can push/pull the thumb buttons, push/pull the shifter or just let the automatic do its thing on its own. Assuming you've given in and gotten a slushbox with the manual mode, we're going to give you credit and… » 5/28/08 11:40am 5/28/08 11:40am