While some automakers, like Porsche and Ford, are persisting with manual tranmissions for their performance models, Ferrari says that it won’t bring back traditional stick shifts.
While speaking with Motoring at the Paris Auto Show, Ferrari’s chief technology officer, Michael Hugo Leiters, confirmed that the firm will persist with its dual-clutch transmissions for performance reasons.
“Ferrari is design, performance and state of the art technologies. There’s no manual transmission that can beat this performance and therefore we have decided to stay on the double-clutch gearbox,” Leiters said.
The final Ferrari model available with a manual transmission was the first-generation California but fewer than five examples worldwide were ordered with such a gearbox. One such unit resides at Ferrari’s museum in Maranello.
Of course, Ferrari isn’t the only high-profile performance carmaker to kill off the manual. Lamborghini did the same with the introduction of the Huracan and, prior to the launch of the 911 R, so did Porsche with its GT models.