Few subjects are as sore among the Porsche faithful as the company’s refusal to put a manual transmission in the current 991 generation of their mad track weapon, the 911 GT3 RS. Now one heroic owner is doing what Porsche should have done from the factory by putting a manual transmission into his own 991.1 GT3 RS.
BMW is looking to save some cash as it invests in electric, hybrid and autonomous vehicles. To do so, Reuters reports, the company is going to drop manual variants of the BMW 2 Series, one of Jalopnik’s favorite cars—which seems like the opposite of getting their mojo back. But BMW’s U.S. spokespeople dispute the…
A man in Alabama allegedly stole a Kenworth T-300 flatbed truck, and led police on perhaps the most pathetic police chase in history. All because he didn’t know how to operate the manual transmission.
It’s 2017 and the number of cars that come with a manual transmission is falling by the wayside. There’s also a new Toyota Supra coming—which will most likely only have an automatic. You didn’t think there would be a manual offering, did you? Oh, you did. That’s sweet.
When Porsche confirmed that the 2018 911 GT3 will indeed come with a manual gearbox, we were all very excited about a car that most of us can’t afford. The only problem is that Porsche is going to charge you the GT3 premium for what should be the cheaper gearbox.
Have you ever had an idea so comprehensively and impressively terrible that you can’t even believe it was generated by your brain, instead of some other organ not known for making humans smart? I have. Lots of times. Like right now, with this idiotic idea I had for autonomous cars.
Right after Porsche got our hopes up by adding a manual transmission as an option for the 2018 911 GT3, their head of GT cars brought us right back down by saying that six-speed won’t be used in the more hardcore GT3 RS. I thought you understood us, Porsche? I thought we had a thing?
Damari Wayne reportedly got away with his first two carjackings. His third would’ve gone the same way, if it hadn’t been for the car’s meddling three pedals and stick shift.
We already know which one is supposed to be more “fun”, but what do the innards of manual and automatic transmissions look like? How do all the parts to together?
As many drivers know, reverse is the car gear that lets you drive backwards. That’s a fact. But different manual transmissions have different locations for reverse! Which way is the right way?
Yesterday, I found out what happens when water gets into the oil of a manual transmission. It’s bad. Very bad.
Generally, cars don’t come with instructions. Sure, they have an owner’s manual, but most of the how-do-I-work-this-thing stuff is expected to have been already figured out when you get one. That’s partially why this little shifter hang tag, seen on a 2016 Ford Fiesta, is so puzzling. I’ve never heard of a carmaker…
A few weeks ago, a friend and Jalopnik reader—I’ll call him “Dave,” because that’s his name—got a new Jaguar F-Type with a stick shift. Naturally, I did what any normal friend would do: I congratulated him on the car. Then I invited myself to drive the car and film a video with it.
In “things I have a hard time believing because Porsche fans would riot,” a Porsche engineer told Edmunds that it’s hard to make a business case for offering the next 911 with a manual transmission. I don’t know, man. See this vat of tar and that bucket of feathers over there? There’s your business case.
Lease-trading site Swapalease.com coined the term “manual drift” for a horrible plague upon the modern automobi—er, um, the rate at which drivers are abandoning the manual transmission. According to the latest analysis of their users’ data, men are saying farewell to the stick faster than women.
A couple of weeks ago I decided to try and use video games to learn how to operate a manual transmission. After several hours behind a fake steering wheel I’ve determined I need several more hours behind a fake steering wheel.
“A tough young man like you is going to want a manual, right?” asked the Nissan salesman who sold me my first car 20 years ago. I shook my head timidly and purchased an automatic Sentra at $500 a month for six years. I can’t help thinking I’d have gotten a better deal had I said yes.
If you want to depress yourself, go to BMW’s online configurator and you’ll notice there is no manual transmission option on the 2016 228i, 328i and 428i models. Hopefully, this is just a glitch.
Good news, people of Jalopnik! Friday has arrived, and that means the time has come for Letters to Doug, a weekly column where you send me a letter and I read it very thoroughly before deciding that you are a Nigerian scammer.
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.