Powerful Cars That Still Offer a Manual Transmission February 4, 2019 Car Reviews ford, manual transmission, powerful cars 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 HPPeople 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 HPThe 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 HPEven 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 HPFor 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 HPThe 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 HPWith 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 HPPorsche 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 HPFord 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 HPWhile 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 HPLike 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 HPNow 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 HPHere’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.