They aren't necessarily the fastest, but they are by far the most fun.
It's only been a few days since news that Ferrari called it quits on the manual has been circulating and already it seems that it's time for a memorial. The Prancing Horse used to stand as a symbol and a barometer for what the best cars in the world could be like. Ferrari still stands by these driver-friendly values, but in the heat of the competition for speed, it's lost some of the sparkle that made it the driver's first choice. However, the following collection of cars hasn't undergone the same sort of neutering.
That's why the producers of this video gathered a Mini JCW Challenge, a Ford Focus RS, an Aston Martin V12 Vantage S, and a Porsche Cayman GT4 together for a proper thrashing.
Since these are some of the last cars that you can buy as manual options that also come with the enthusiast in mind, it's important to review them, if anything for the sole reason of capturing their personas and putting them into the history books. It's a terrible thing to see more and more cars switch to automatic gearboxes with no option for a manual, but others, like the Focus RS skew towards the enthusiasts by only offering manuals. If Ford can do it, why can't Ferrari make a car just for fun?