Many people now smoothly drop manual gears when taking the patch. Now you can get a driver’s license only for cars with automatic transmission. If you look at car sales, there are also marginal sales of cars with three pedals.
Strictly speaking, it is difficult to see the arguments for why they should need to do something as old-fashioned as push in a clucth, grab a gear lever and move it – release the clutch and accelerate.
The action itself can even be a bit difficult. Maybe you are standing on a hill and you are choking the engine – maybe the clutch is heavy or the gearbox itself is slow and imprecise. Lots of work for little use.
You who now practice practice driving may think that manual transmission is something your parents may have needed – but not you. Soon everyone will drive an electric car, no matter what.
To you I have the following appeal: Please – do not stop reading now. Because this is for you!
In an attempt to convince you that you have to take the time and effort required to learn to drive with manual transmission – I have simply taken the trip to Spain. Specifically Sevilla – and even more specifically to the Circuito Monteblanc race track.
This is where I have to test a brand new sports car – and it has a manual gearbox. The car you see in the pictures is called GR86.
If you hear some adults talk about “good old-fashioned driving pleasure”, it is often cars like this that they talk about: Rear-wheel drive, excess power, good driving characteristics, fun sound – and manual transmission.
Now you get this whole package – without the need for “old-fashioned”.