Powerful Cars That Still Offer a Manual Transmission

Powerful Cars That Still Offer a Manual Transmission

February 4, 2019 Car Reviews , ,

Cars are getting more powerful than ever, but manual transmissions are becoming increasingly niche. That doesn’t mean that big-power cars don’t offer stick-shifts anymore. In fact, there are 12 that pair an engine with 450 or more horsepower and a row-your-own gearbox. Let’s hope these sorts of cars never die.


Porsche 911 Carrera GTS – 450 HP
People may argue that new 911s have gone soft compared with their spindly predecessors, but you can still get most with a manual gearbox, a seven-speed in fact. The 991 Carrera GTS offers 450 hp from its twin-turbo flat-six with both rear- and all-wheel drive and three different body styles.

Chevrolet Camaro SS – 460 HP
The current Camaro SS combines a 6.2-liter small block with one of the best rear-drive chassis out there to create something great. Opt for the 1LE track package and you’ve got a real road-course weapon for reasonable money.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Grand Sport – 460 HP
Even in its least powerful iteration, the Corvette rules. It has the same 6.2-liter V8 as the Camaro SS, but it’s paired with a seven-speed manual to eke out a little extra fuel economy.

Ford Mustang GT – 460 HP
For 2018, Ford updated the Mustang and made a number of changes to its 5.0-liter V8. The result is a high-revving beast with 460 hp and an excellent noise. Get the Bullitt version and power rises to 480 hp thanks to some Ford Performance bolt-ons.

Cadillac ATS-V Coupe – 464 HP
The ATS-V might be going out of production soon, but you can still get the Coupe for the time being. Opt for the manual, and you get a hilariously engaging sports car.

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack – 485 HP
With a base price of $40,000, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack is a screaming deal. And the combination of that 392ci naturally aspirated V8 and a six-speed manual is especially sweet, even if the optional eight-speed auto might be quicker on the drag strip.

Porsche 911 GT3 – 500 HP
Porsche dropped the manual for the 911 GT3 in 2013 and purists revolted. The company listened, and stuck a new six-speed in the 2018 GT3 and we’re very grateful. The 4.0-liter flat-six in the GT3 is a naturally aspirated monster with a 9000-rpm redline, and pairing it with a stick means you can experience all of it. A manual GT3 isn’t the fastest 911, but it’s easily the most fun

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – 526 HP
Ford only offers the GT350 with a stick. Just as it should be. Its 5.2-liter 8200-rpm V8 needs to have three pedals.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 – 650 HP
While Chevy just introduced a 10-speed automatic for the ZL1 1LE, that car still comes standard with a six-speed manual. The automatic might set quicker lap times, but we guarantee you’ll have more fun driving the manual.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06 – 650 HP
Like the Camaro SS and Corvette Stingray, the ZL1 and Z06 share a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 650 hp. The crazy thing is that this isn’t the most powerful Corvette Chevy sells.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – 717 HP
Now we’ve entered the 700-club. No, not that one. Though the Redeye and Demon went auto-only, the Hellcat still offers a stick. Seven-hundred seventeen horsepower with a gear lever and three pedals to control them might seem like too much, but really, it’s just right.

Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 – 755 HP
Here’s the most powerful Corvette—the 755-hp ZR1, winner of 2019 Performance Car of the Yearaward. It might be faster with its optional eight-speed automatic, but it’s definitely not better.

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