Turning sixteen (in most parts of the country) is the biggest day in a young enthusiasts' life. The world is full of new possibilities all thanks to one little card with your picture on it, your driver's license. For me, this meant the ever increasing challenge of perfecting my driving abilities. It didn't matter if it was learning how to negotiate a blizzard in order to get to the grocery store or clipping a late apex on a decreasing radius on-ramp to find my gap in the flow of traffic. One of the easiest tasks to accomplish but hardest to master for any driver is the manual transmission. For every perfectly smooth take-off from a light, there are a handful of smoky burnouts and a single glorious sounding rev-matched downshift for every half dozen jerky gear changes. Those are the times that inspire us to stick with it (no pun intended).
Whether we like it or not, dual clutch transmissions are here to stay. I just hope that automakers can see that they will lose a percentage of enthusiasts to competing marques if they don't offer proper manuals. If this isn't the case, the next generation of drivers might as well be born without opposable thumbs.