The GR Supra is one of just 16 cars for 2023 with more than 300 horsepower and a manual transmission option
That Save the manual Campaign gets a shot in the arm this year with the release of a DIY shifter option for the 2023 Toyota GR Supra.
A six-speed manual transmission is now available as an alternative to the previously mandatory ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, but only for the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines. Perversely, the four-cylinder entry-level car, the kind of machine that would have traditionally tended to come with a manual, remains a pure car. Equally perversely, the manual option on the 3.0 costs the same as the automatic, unlike 5, 10 or 20 years ago when you would have paid handsomely for the privilege of scrapping the clutch pedal.
The stick-equipped GR Supra is one of fewer than 40 cars of any type available with a manual transmission option to North American drivers. Focus on hard-hitting, high-performance cars, say vehicles with at least 300 hp (304 hp) and the number drops to just 16.
BMW M2 – 444 hp (estimated) – $65,000 (estimated)
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We still haven’t seen a confirmed price for the 2023 BMW M2 arriving before the end of this year, or a full set of images of an unfaired car. But we do know it will be available with a single version of the M3’s S58 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six, developing around 444PS (450bhp) and mated to your choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic , which only drives the rear wheels . We can also estimate the price, which will likely be around $65,000 based on the prices of the old car and the M3.
BMW M3 – 473 hp – $72,800
You can’t get a manual box on the M240i or M340i, so until the M2 arrives, the M3 sedan is one of only two BMWs available with more than two pedals. And even then, availability is limited to the base 473 hp (480 hp) car. The 503PS (510PS) Competition sedan is a car, as is the new M3 Touring, which is only available as a Competition with xDrive all-wheel drive (and isn’t available in the US anyway).
BMW M4 – 473 hp – $74,700
The M3’s manual availability is reflected in the lineup of its 4 Series coupé sister. Nothing less than an M4 will suffice if you want to row your own gears, and that option disappears when you switch to the 503hp Competition auto or the M4 Convertible, which like the M3 Touring comes exclusively in the Competition trim with xDrive All-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic are available.
Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing – 472 hp – $60,390
Who would have thought? Cadillac, one of the brands that pioneered the use of automatic transmissions way back before WWII, is one of a few luxury OEMs keeping the manual flame alive. The 325 hp (330 hp) 2.7-liter four-cylinder of the basic V-series is only available with a 10-speed auto, but the 472 hp (479 hp) 3.6-liter V6 of the hardcore version CT4-V Blackwing can be paired with a six-speed manual, saving you $3,175 compared to choosing the automatic alternative.
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing – 668 hp – $85,390
Unfortunately, although the base CT5-V comes with the same 472 hp (479 hp) 3.6-liter V6 as its little brother, the CT4-V Blackwing, the manual option isn’t carried over. Step up to the 668 hp (677 hp), 6.2-liter supercharged CT5-V Blackwing V8, though, and both two- and three-pedal transmissions are available. The competitors Audi RS6, BMW M5 and Mercedes-AMG E63 of the Caddy cannot offer that.
Chevrolet Camaro – 335-650 hp – $34,440-64,395
The Corvette is said to be America’s favorite sports car, but it definitely isn’t for manual transmission fans. You can’t get a C8 Vette with a shifter, but you can get all flavors of Camaro with a manual transmission, from the base 275 hp (279 hp) turbocharged 2.0-liter four to the 650 hp (659 hp) 6.2 supercharged -liter ZL1, which carries the 335 hp (340 hp) V6 and the 455 hp (461 hp) 6.2 V8 naturally aspirated engine.
Dodge Challenger – 375-485 hp – $39,670-53,040
Dodge isn’t as generous with its manual offerings in the Challenger lineup as Chevy, but the mid-size R/T’s 375 hp (380 hp) 5.7-liter V8 can be mated to a six-speed manual instead of an eight-speed TorqueFlite auto, as well as the 485 hp (492 hp) 6.4 V8 in the R/T Scat Pack. Unfortunately, Dodge was forced to drop the manual option on Hellcat models pending recalibration. We’re hoping to see it return to the range for the 2023 model year, but no date has been given yet.
Ford Mustang – 310-480 hp – $27,470-58,365
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We’re eagerly waiting for Ford to release details on the all-new 2024 Mustang, but for the purposes of this list we’ll stick with what you can buy right now. And the good news is that even the base 2.3-litre Ecoboost Ponyauto makes enough power (310PS / 314PS) to qualify for our 300PS minimum, and it does so with a choice of six-speed -Manual and 10-speed automatic transmissions.
The GT’s 450 hp (456 hp) V8 and the 470 hp (477 hp) version of the Mach 1 (both lost 10hp/10hp for 2022 due to emissions regulations) are also available with a choice of transmissions, but the 760 Horsepower (771 hp) GT 500 range-topper is limited to seven-speed dual-clutch hardware.
Honda Civic Type R – 326 hp (estimated) – $40,000 (estimated)
Expected to hit dealerships before the end of 2022, the all-new Civic Type R is looking more mature, and something else that’s grown is the performance of its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder. A leaked Japanese brochure states that the power output of the JDM-market cars increases from 316 hp (320 hp) to 326 hp (330 hp), suggesting US versions are making more than the old car’s 306 hp (310 hp). will. One thing that hasn’t changed is the method of bringing this performance to the streets; The CTR 2023 is another purely manual affair.
Nissan Z – 400 hp – $39,990-52,990
Here’s the car that’s causing the biggest headache for Toyota dealers, or will once Nissan fixes the supply chain delays that are currently occurring it Headache. The 2023 Z line starts at $3,550 less than the GR Supra, but instead of a 255-horsepower (259-hp) 2.0-liter turbo four, Nissan takes your $40,000 and gives you a 400-hp (406 hp) strong twin-turbo V6 18 hp (18 hp) more than the 3.0 Supra for $52,500.
And while at Toyota you only get a stick shift when you buy this 3.0, at Nissan you can choose a manual, whether you’re shopping at the $39,900 end of the Z-line or $52,990 for the proto-spec- Auto spend at the other end of the scale.
Porsche 718 Boxster – 300-414 hp – $65,500-103,400
Like the Nissan Z, the Porsche Boxster offers the opportunity to shake up your own circumstances in every price range. The base 2.5-turbo four-cylinder’s 300 hp (304 hp) only earns it a spot on our list, but if you want six-cylinder refinement, you’ll need to find $92,400 for the GTS 4.0 or the Cayman GT4 im Go free-ego, the 718 Spyder for $103,400.
Porsche 718 Cayman – 300-414 hp – $63,400-106,500
Everything you just read about the Boxster applies to the Cayman, except the tin car is cheaper these days. The coupe also offers something the roadster doesn’t have, in the form of a true 911 GT3 engine in the 493 PS (500 hp) Cayman GT4 RS, but Porsche only delivers that with the seven-speed dual-clutch PDK.
Porsche 911 – 443-543 hp – $123.00 – $272,300
Here’s another example of how the manual transmission has become a luxury option: You can’t get a stick on the $106,000 entry-level Carrera, the option only opens up on the $123,000 Carrera S. You couldn’t buy one manual turbo for years, but you can also get a three-pedal setup for the 473hp (480hp) GTS, 502hp (510hp) GT3 and GT3 Touring, and 543hp (550hp) Sport Classic in limited edition edition received.
Toyota GR Corolla – 300 hp – $34,000-40,000 (est.)
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You can also get a manual transmission in the GR86 coupe, but the 86’s 228 hp (231 hp) boxer engine is too underpowered to qualify for our 300 horse club. The 300 hp (304 hp) GR Corolla does, and with a rumored starting price of just $34,000-$35,000 in the Core spec (closer to $40,000 for the Circuit Edition), it’s shaping up to be a real steal. We’ll know more when it arrives in showrooms later in 2022.
Toyota GR Supra – 382 hp – $52,500-58,345
We started this story with the 2023 GR Supra and have referenced it throughout, but to recap, you can’t get a manual on the 255 (259hp) 2.0-litre I4 cars, which means you $52,500 need to find and buy Entry-Level 3.0 to give your left leg something to do. But with its 382 hp (387 hp), at least the right leg is fun too.
VW Golf R – 315 hp – $44,090
Props to Volkswagen for giving buyers of both the 241PS (245PS) GTI and the flashier, 315PS (320PS) Golf R access to a manual transmission option. Available in a single trim and four doors, the R comes with all-wheel drive and rear axle torque vectoring, and opting for the manual over the DSG alternative will save you around $800.
That’s your list of 16 cars available in North America with 300+ horsepower and a manual transmission option, only six of which, as you may have noticed, cost less than $60,000. Did we miss one? And which of these cars, if any, would you actually prefer with an automatic or dual-clutch transmission? Leave a comment and let us know.