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 400 or more horsepower and a row-your-own gearbox. Let's hope these sorts of cars never die.
The M2 Competition uses the twin-turbo straight-six from its bigger M3 and M4 siblings. It packs 405 horsepower, which is a whole lot for a car its size. A dual-clutch is available, but we'd recommend getting the manual.
The new Cayman GT4 marks the return of the naturally aspirated flat-six to the mid-engine Porsche range. But equally as important is the sole gearbox it's paired to: A six-speed manual transmission.
The Boxster Spyder is basically just a convertible version of the GT4, with the same flat-six engine and stick-shift transaxle. The main difference is the top goes down.
The newest version of Lotus's fantastic Evora, the GT, makes 416 horsepower from its Toyota-sourced supercharged 3.5-liter V-6. Both manual and automatic transmissions are available, and considering the quality of each gearbox, it's clear you should go for the stick.
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.
For 2018, Ford updated the Mustang and made a number of changes to its 5.0-liter V-8. 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.
With a base price of $40,000, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack is a screaming deal. And the combination of that 392 cubic-inch naturally aspirated V-8 and a six-speed manual is especially sweet, even if the optional eight-speed auto might be quicker on the drag strip.
Porsche dropped the manual for the 911 GT3 in 2013 and purists weren't happy. 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.
The Vantage AMR is the first car to pair AMG's 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 to a stick shift. It retains the same 503-horsepower rating, and the same intoxicating soundtrack.
While Chevy recently 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.
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.