Understanding What's Really ing the Manual Transmission

It opened with a two-page shot of a Corvette shifter covered in cobwebs and the headline "Bye-Bye Stick Shift."The crux of the piece was simple: Automatic transmissions had been proven to make race cars go faster, rendering the manual obsolete. That optional dual-clutch auto, with its lack of a third pedal, wasn't a power-sapping torque-converter 'box but what forum fanboys ed a performance enhancer.

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The truth, unfortunately, is that almost nobody bought either the droptop Four's predecessor (the 3 Series convertible) or Toyota's mid-size sedan with a stick, so their makers stopped making them. But it's also one more voice to the growing car-business argument that the manual transmission is going away for good. In September 1965, Playboy published an article by automotive-journalism legend Ken Purdy. Orinally offered with only a manual transmission, the archetypal hot hatch gained three additional letters—DSG—in 2006, for its fifth generation.

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That means the "take rate," an industry term for the portion of customers who select a particular option or confuration, dropped from 100 percent to 50.

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Bad news: You can't get a manual transmission in the BMW 4 Series convertible.


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