It’s becoming increasingly hard to find a manual car that can compete with modern sports cars while still being cheap. Here are 10 that fit the bill!
Have you ever wondered why manual transmission cars are getting rarer every year? Of course, for city cruisers, manual transmissions have become too obsolete and cumbersome. But the question is why are manufacturers moving away from using old-school manual transmission in sports cars. And are there still any sports cars with manual transmissions that can bring the perfect joy of driving?
Many sports cars, especially muscle cars, are meant to be driven with manual transmissions. While automatic transmission’s purpose is to provide maximum comfort and reduce worries of changing gears, they take away the very important part of car control. Manual transmissions, on the other hand, provide you with all of the car’s control you want – rev as much as you want, change the engine’s RPM whenever you want, etc. Acceleration also tends to be quicker when using a manual transmission.
So, if you want to get a great sports car with a manual transmission, what to choose? Here are 10 awesome stick-shift sports cars that you can buy used without breaking the bank.
10-1995 Dodge Viper – $30,000
“Viper” is the perfect name to describe this unpredictable beast. The original Dodge Viper is probably the most bare-boned sports car you can affordably buy because there’s no ABS, no traction control, a V10 engine under the hood, manual transmission only, and large tires to provide as much grip as possible.
However, with an 8,0-liter V10 engine, producing 400 horsepower in a 1,5-ton car, only special drag tires could provide the grip to handle all that power.
9-Subaru BRZ – $16,000
The Subaru BRZ’s production ended just a few days ago. The manufacturer announced that there will be a new, redesigned model coming next year. Sure, the BRZ has its drawbacks like the naturally aspirated, 4-cylinder engine, which is a bit too weak, and a low-quality interior. But it handles perfectly, looks great, and is cheap and very fun.
Most Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 cars came with 6-speed manual transmissions. This truly is one of the best budget sports cars at the moment.
8-Nissan 350Z – $9,000
The Nissan 350Z has been holding its high price for many years, but that’s an almost 20-year-old car now and there’s no way it could cost twenty of thirty grand. There’s also a newer model called the 370Z, which debuted in 2009. Actually, both of them are almost identical and the new 370Z is getting very outdated.
Moreover, most people prefer the 350Z for its cleaner looks. So, that’s a powerful, rear-wheel drive with manual transmission from Japan for less than $10,000 – get it!
7-Dodge Challenger R/T – $24,000
While the Dodge Challenger SRT guarantees more power than you would ever need and the SXT is too miserable to even consider – the Challenger R/T is both powerful and affordable. The R/T model packs a 5,7 HEMI V8, which provides you with 372 horsepower.
This is enough to reach 60 mph in 5 seconds! There are many examples with manual transmissions on the market, so you’ll easily find the car of your dreams for $20-30 grand.
6-Porsche 987 Boxster – $17,000
Compared to the first Boxster, this newer model has most problems fixed already – much more reliable and better-performing engines, higher-quality interior, and better handling. You can choose from four engines, all of them flat-6.
Automatic transmissions for these models are rather slow, but we’re not interested in them anyway, are we? For example, the 987 with a 2,7-liter engine and automatic transmission can do 0-60 mph in 7,1 s, while the same engine and manual transmission can guarantee 6,2 seconds.
5-Audi TT – $20,000
The Audi TT is and always has been a bit of a weird sports car – you can either love it or hate it. However, the TT is a compact, fun, and affordable sports car. Weighing about 1,3 tons, it can be considered as a lightweight sports car and a few 4-cylinder engines provide plenty of power to have some fun.
There’s also the TT RS version, which packs 2,5 liter, 5-cylinder turbocharged engine, but you’ll need a lot more than $20,000 for it.
4-2017 Honda Civic Type R – $28,000
It may not be the most beautiful car, but it performs so well that it’s hard to resist buying it and taking it out on the track! This is the current, latest, model and it is being offered with a 6-speed manual transmission only.
It also packs a 2,0 liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine, producing a whopping 306 hp and weighs less 1,4 tons! As you would expect for such a small weight, this car is fast; 4,9-seconds to 60 kind of fast!
3-2009 Mazda Miata MX-5 – $9,000
Have you ever asked yourself why so many people love Miatas? The answer can be summed up in three very powerful words – fun, affordable, and reliable. First of all, it’s fun, because it usually has a manual transmission, all engines are pretty punchy and it’s a roadster/convertible!
Secondly, for a sports car, the prices are very good. Used ones are going for dirt cheap nowadays. And the best part is that you can have a proper sports car without fixing it every week.
2-2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – $22,000
This is the perfect Mustang – it still has a timeless design, manual transmission, and a crazy-powerful V8. This model is considered as an overall better car than its predecessor in terms of performance and build quality.
For example, interior materials are better, like aluminum and soft leather. And the GT500’s supercharged 5,4 liter V8 with 550 horsepower will make sure that you’d never go short on power.
1-BMW Z4 – $20,000
Here’s another piece of art from Germany. Compared to the old Z4, this one is less awkward, faster, and more desirable. BMW Z4 roadsters are known for their fun engines and unbelievably responsive handling. And knowing that BMW can make a large SUV handle like a sports car, imagine what they can do with this one!
As this car is from Germany, you can expect some cool German engineering in it, like regenerative braking, directional headlights, start/stop system, driving mode selector, and the iDrive infotainment system.
VIA : Hotcars