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Cars that don't come with automatics
The stick shift is alive and well in these sporty rides.

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The end of the manual transmission has been greatly exaggerated. Bucking a decades-long trend, sales of cars equipped with stick shifts have jumped from 3 percent to 7 percent of the market in 2012 in part thanks to a growing number of enthusiast-oriented models that don't even offer an automatic option. Click through for a look at some of the latest cars that put their drivers to work.

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2013 SRT Viper

Chrysler's reborn flagship performance car is as raw as they come, with rear-wheel-drive a 640 hp V10 engine and six-speed manual transmission.

2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

On the other end of the Fiat/Chrysler sports car spectrum, its spiciest little meatball has a 160 hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission.

Test Drive: 2012 Fiat 500 Abarth

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2012 Audi TT RS

As if its oddball turbocharged five-cylinder engine wasn't enough, the all-wheel-drive Audi eschews the company's cutting-edge twin-clutch automatic transmission technology for a good, not so old fashioned six-speed manual.

2013 Ford Focus ST

Even the 202 mph Mustang Shelby GT500 can be ordered with an automatic transmission, but not so the Focus ST compact, which mates a six-speed manual to a 252 hp turbocharged engine driving the front wheels of this very hot hatchback.

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2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE

As the purest performance version of Chevy's muscle car the Camaro 1LE gets a six-speed manual literally geared for use on the track.

Test Drive: 2012 Camaro ZL1

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2012 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

Proving that money can't buy everything, the $113,000 ZL1 only comes in one variety: awesome. Assuming that you think a slick-shifting six-speed manual connected to a 628 hp supercharged V8 qualifies as that.

2012 Honda Civic Si

The Civic Si's high-revving 2.4-liter four-cylinder and close-ratio six-speed transmission make it a favorite of the tuner crowd.

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2012 Acura ILX 2.4

Don't let the business suit fool you, the sportiest version of Acura's new compact is a wolf in corporate sheep's clothing and all Civic Si under the skin.

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Cars that don't come with automatics

The stick shift is alive and well in these sporty rides.

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