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At an alarming rate, sports car manufacturers are moving away from the pure experience of a manual gearbox in their latest models. Why the sudden shift? Automatic transmissions are becoming sound investments for manufacturers when the reach the end user because they’re faster, more resilient and durable, and they are essentially “idiot-proof.” But when it comes to driving high-end and performance vehicles, purists feel they are missing that essential experience in being able to shift on their own. Carfection explores some of the finest cars you can up- and downshift til your heart’s content while we lament the disappearance of the old 1-2-3-4-5-R.