It’s worth noting that Mercedes hasn’t offered a manual gearbox with any of its AMG models for decades, and a senior representative from Audi RS GmbH assured us that the failure of the manual transmission in the TT RS means it will be the last RS model to ever have that option. And with Porsche moving in the same direction, we may be witnessing the death of the manual transmission in performance cars. RIP.

At present, all our vehicles at european car Magazine use a manual transmission, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. In fact, I’ve never even owned an auto, even after nine years of dealing with LA freeways. But if you want to see the continuation of the manual gearbox, it’s time to vote with your wallet and buy something new to bolster the figures.

Sadly, it’s no good lobbying carmakers for the option but then buying an auto because your freeway journey is terrible stop/start traffic. They’re running a business and will sell what customers are buying. So buy a manual before they disappear forever!

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