There Are 8 Manual-Only Cars Left, Two Honda Civics Make The List
There aren’t many manual-only cars left in North America that are only offered by automakers with a manual gearbox and no automatic option. There are only eight of these cars produced for performance buyers still left. Honda offers two of the performance cars, the 2019 Civic Type R hot hatch, and the Civic Si. We just learned Subaru will bring back the BRZ tS sports coupe later this year as a 2020 model and it will also be one of the few to make the list when it makes its return.
Along with the 2019 Honda Civic Type R hatch, and Civic Si, the other six cars that only come with a manual-only gearbox are the Hyundai Veloster N,, Subaru WRX STI, Subaru STI S209, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, Ford Mustang Bullitt, and Camaro 1LE. So if you want one of the last manual-only performance cars, you don’t have many to choose from.
2019 Civic Type R 6-speed manual
The Type R’s sweet six-speed manual-only gearbox is mated with a 2.0-liter 306-hp, 295 lb-ft of torque turbocharged four-cylinder engine sending power to the front wheels. Honda has perfected front-wheel-drive performance on the Type R and torque steer has been seemingly eliminated through chassis tuning. The Type R is not for everyone, but it tops the meter when it comes to driving performance. The hot 4-Door hatch just received another price increase, but it hasn’t affected sales.
2019 Honda Civic Si
The 2019 Honda Civic Si is one of the best performance values in North America and comes in either coupe or sedan body styles. The Civic Is gets high marks for its sporty driving dynamics with a perfectly-tuned chassis setup, manual-only 6-speed transmission, and a 1.5-liter 205-hp, 192 lb.-ft of torque turbo four-cylinder engine. It isn’t as high-powered as its stablemate Type R, but the Si brings plenty of bang for your buck.
The manual-only 2019 Honda Civic Type R and Civic Si are getting a refresh and will be available soon at showrooms. Stay tuned.
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