There was a time when the manual transmission was everywhere, enough to be known as the “standard.” Now, especially in the United States, it’s a rare thing that’s only getting rarer. So, for this episode of Tempest, we explore the magic, the mystery, and the occasional misery that comes with learning the manual…
I don’t know much about this video, except that it appears to have been shot on a bus recently outside of São Paulo, Brazil. It features a bus driver with the daintiest of gear shifts, and I love it.
As environmental regulations get stricter and stricter, automakers have turned to increasingly more creative ways to make their cars more efficient. One of these methods is to simply add more gears. Trouble is, these are always found in automatic transmissions, not manuals. What gives?
In the automotive community, it seems like short shifter throws are universally lauded, but I don’t think they should be. I like my throws long. Very long. At least, in certain vehicles.
While fueling the need for cars with more horsepower, BMW’s M-division seems to have backed itself into a corner when it comes to offering a variety of transmissions. In a recent interview, a BMW exec indicated that the days are numbered for manual and DCT gearboxes.
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I know that being here at Jalopnik means I must be an automotive expert, but every so often a piece of vehicular machinery comes along that appears to be downright confounding. Like this 15-speed, two-levered gear box out of an old Mack truck.
BMW announced that all-wheel-drive versions of their M cars will be available in the near future. What will most likely not be available with these all-weather performance machines, is a manual transmission. That is because BMW won't sell you what may be their best car in the lineup with 3-pedals and AWD.
Although there are plenty of automative enthusiasts who are just fine with automatic transmissions, for many gearheads nothing but personal shifting will do. And yet, manufacturers seem to be making it harder and harder to get your hand on a stick shift. Reader Michael Alexander explains why.
Three would-be teenage car thieves were foiled at their attempt to carjack a 70-year-old woman when they found out her Kia Spectra had a manual transmission, something none of the scofflaws knew how to use.
These ten cars are saving the manuals with more power! That's the best way to do it.
We mourn the death of the gated manual gearbox on the next Audi R8 not only because it was awesome there but because gated manuals in general seem to be disappearing at an alarming rate.
I can't seem to find the statistic now, but I once read that only 1 in 10 Americans can drive a manual transmission car these days. That might be accurate, since a stick shift recently stopped not one, not two, but three would-be thieves in Massachusetts.
It seems crazy that so many automakers are dropping manual transmissions from their lineups, because stickshifts ought to be so cheap compared to high-tech dual clutch systems. Well, manuals are much more expensive than you think, and software is to blame.
It's no secret that shifting your own gears improves your quality of life. Because science or something. A young engineer at Ford has come up with a very clever hack of an Xbox controller and Ford's open source software to make a shift knob that helps you learn how to drive stick. It’s also a peek into the future of…
Two thieves in Orlando, Florida tried and failed to steal a yellow Corvette because they couldn't drive stick.