Twin-Clutch vs. Stick-Shift

Does it ever seem like the proper manual transmission is fading away? In recent years, automakers have put a larger focus on creating dual-clutch transmissions for their sports cars, which were previously only available with a manual box. The BMW M3 uses a new seven-speed DCT, Mitsubishi's Evo has the SST paddle system, and we can't forget about Volkswagen/Audi's incorporation of DSG/S-tronic. What's more, cars like the potent Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG or bargain-performer Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart are only available with two pedals and a set of paddles. Personally, I'm always the type of enthusiast who ALWAYS prefers a manual gearbox over a comparable automatic or dual-clutch setup, and it makes me thankful for cars like the Subaru Impreza STI and Honda Civic Si, which are only available with do-it-yourself shifters and a third pedal. What about you? Do you have a preference? And if you are/were in the market to buy a sports car and had to face this choice, what did/would you do?
by Ewing on Dec. 16, 2009 - 1:31 p.m.