The 2018 Audi A4 Ultra Sport Is How Audi Says Goodbye to the Manual Gearbox

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the death of the stick shift in Audi’s lineup. Felled by ever-better automatics and dual-clutch transmissions and, most of all, apathetic buyers, the manual gearbox bows out on the 2018 Audi A4. For this somber occasion, Audi’s giving us a special edition A4 with a…

These Responses to a Story on the Dying Manual Transmission Will Make Your Heart Happy

Last month, the Chicago Tribune had a story about how manual transmissions are on the way out—a dying breed, offered in fewer and fewer cars, with only 2 percent of cars sold in 2018 having a third pedal, the story said. It’s something, on this website, we’re all familiar with. It’s something we all groan, sigh and…

An Entire Generation Is Missing One of The Great Joys of Being a Car Enthusiast

This generation has been losing out a lot on manual transmissions. Fewer and fewer cars come with them. Fewer and fewer drivers know how to use them. But there’s another joy that’s fading away: the satisfaction of seeing a car parked across the street, walking over, looking in the window and discovering that the car…

Your Owner’s Manual Can Teach You Everything You Need To Know About How To Drive Stick

Learning how to drive a stick shift is hard. There’s a little shifter knob with a weird pattern, some numbers and an “R,” along with three—yes, three—pedals. That’s a lot to pay attention to. But if you’re sitting on a dealership lot in your brand-new car and no one is there to teach you, check out your owner’s manual.