The age of manual transmissions is coming to a close. Since 1995, the number of manual transmission cars on US streets has decreased by 89.5%. Demand is dwindling, even in the performance segment, and the reasons are clear. Below, Continental AutoSports Ferrari highlights in greater detail both the reason for the lessened demand for manual cars and the last manual Ferrari models that were produced.
The way we drive is changing. Busy surface streets can require constant shifting, whether you’re running errands in Indianapolis or commuting to Milwaukee. Drivers looking for power and performance have automatic options better suited to urban and suburban driving.
Many manufacturers have cut manual options to save on production costs and simplify processes. For example, a manual option can be complicated to integrate with the latest safety features and technologies. No matter the cause, manual transmissions are being phased out in every segment. Interested in learning more about the last manual Ferrari models made? The following three Ferraris were the last to be produced with a manual transmission.
The mid-engine, rear-wheel drive 360 featured a unique aluminum frame that made the coupe lighter despite being bigger than comparable models. Ferrari made three 360 models, the Modena, Spider, and Challenge Stradale. They have a 0 to 60 time under four seconds.
In 2006 the 599 GBT hit the last V12 manual Ferrari would ever make. Only 30 Ferrari 588 were ever produced before the model was discontinued in 2013.
From 2004 to 2009, the Ferrari F430 gave manual drivers a mid-engine option. It was the last manual Ferrari with this engine position.
The touring Scaglietti remained in production from 2004 to 2011. The 612 is a roomy four-seater making it a rare find in this segment. Unlike many four-seater sports cars, the 612 features enough room to comfortably seat two adults in the second row.
In 2009, Ferrari introduced the dual-clutch California. The first generation California is the first dual-clutch Ferrari and the last to offer a manual transmission option. Ferrari offered the last manual California for the 2012 model year. Only two of these models were ever ordered, further confirming the lack of demand for manual transmissions.
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