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It was destined to become nothing more than "a purist's plaything."READ THIS: Three-Pedal Club: These cars only come with manuals Half a century later, Purdy's theory has been proven somewhat correct—most mainstream cars, like the Camry, don't offer a stick at all, and those that do sell in minuscule numbers. And because it made the GTI even quicker on the dash to 60 mph—and easier to drive fast on a track—people said it would be the final nail in the manual's coffin. GTI sales doubled, and half of the car's buyers still chose the clutch pedal.

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

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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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