SAVE THE MAN­UAL

Motor (Australia) - - THE VENT -

It will be a very sad day in­deed when man­ual trans­mis­sions dis­ap­pear from cars. I learned to drive in an old Subaru Leone man­ual wagon and have al­ways had man­u­als. I’ve only ever had one auto (a Fal­con AU) and it was a very bor­ing drive.

In my hum­ble ex­pe­ri­ence, you can­not re­place the fun or skill it takes to drive a man­ual through the twisties or on a race track. Imag­ine if you could pur­chase a new Porsche 911 Turbo, Fer­rari 488 or Nis­san GT-R in man­ual?

Au­tos are no re­place­ment for a good man­ual trans­mis­sion. It doesn’t mat­ter if the auto is a few tenths quicker; it’s no equiv­a­lent to the skill of driv­ing a man­ual. Jose Sanchez, via email

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