Despite appearances and trends in the preference towards automatic transmissions, hardcore car enthusiasts have been leaning more heavily towards manual engines as of late, at least in regards to exotic vehicles. A small dip in interest seemed to suggest that automatic was the way to go, but recently the sale of automatic transmissions has dropped to nearly nothing in the face of a large surge of manual sales.
- When Spyker first started in 2000, its first cars had manual transmissions.
- Then the Aileron came along, and most of those were equipped with automatics.
- Today, buyers are showing renewed desire for the six-speed manual transmission.
“Spyker’s current big news is a switch from Audi-supplied V-8 engines making 518 horsepower to a Koenigsegg-supplied V-8 for the Preliator Spyder and coupe. The Koenigsegg engine is a naturally aspirated dry-sump 5.0-liter unit rated at 592 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque and revving to 8000 rpm.”