Ferrari will no longer fit manual transmissions to its supercars
Time is ticking for the manual gearbox. People no longer want to shift themselves, so demand is waning and therefore, manufacturers have cut back on producing manual models.
Ferrari is one of those manufacturers. Ferrari’s chief technology officer, Michael Hugo Leiters told Motor Authority that performance and efficiency were the reasons that Ferrari had turned its back on manual transmissions. “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.”
A number of other manufacturers have gone down the same path: Lamborghini, McLaren and Mercedes-AMG. BMW has said they’ll be phasing out the manual box within the next few years.
Fear not, lovers of heel and toe clutch action. Ford is standing by the manual, fitting all its hot hatches with six-speed units and Porsche has said that it will keep making manuals until customer demand stops.
How long that demand lasts is another story.