In another year, we may not even be able to do a top five.
The number of cars with a manual transmission is dwindling fast. There are only a handful of cars that offer them at all, and even fewer that don't have an automatic option. In another year or so, we may not even be able to compile a top five list of cars that only come with three pedals. In addition to the five on this list, we could only find a few others models like the Civic Type R (which isn't in the US yet), the 1.4-liter base Jeep Renegade, and the 2.0-liter base Mazda CX-5. Although those last two have autos on the bigger engines.
Our first manual-only car is the Porsche 911 R. This car is pretty special because it was specifically designed as a tribute to the classic manual transmission. You can no longer buy a 911 GT car or a Turbo (not counting the new 991.2), with three pedals. Porsche obviously listened to the cries of enthusiasts when it green-lit this limited edition manual only model. The 911 R has the same 500-hp 4.0-liter flat-six engine as the GT3RS. Unlike that car, a PDK transmission is not available. The car costs $184,900, but the car's value will likely double on the second-hand market. We couldn't put this car too high on the list because all 991 examples are already sold out. Bummer, because this might have been number one.
Next up is the Subaru WRX STI. The WRX used to only come as a manual, but the newest WRX is also available with a CVT transmission (although we have no idea why). The STI continues to be manual-only, although this model is in desperate need of a refresh. Back in 2005, the WRX STI had a 300 horsepower 2.5-liter flat-four boxer engine. Fast-forward 11 years and the 2.5-liter engine has increased by a whopping five horsepower. When the STI first came to the US, 300 horsepower was a lot. Unfortunately, in a world where you can get a Honda Accord with 278 horsepower, the STI just doesn't impress like it used to. At least it still comes with a stick.
The Dodge Viper is an interesting car, because there isn't a single version of it that doesn't come with an automatic transmission. The older Z06 and ZR1 Corvette used to be manual only, but the latest C7 Z06 caved by offering an eight-speed automatic along side the seven-speed manual. The Viper remains the ultimate American sports car that will likely never come with an automatic transmission. The six-speed manual in the Viper receives power from a massive 8.4-liter V10 with 645 hp in the ACR. The Viper might just be the manliest car in existance. Other cars may be faster with dual-clutch transmissions, but the Viper retains its cool-factor of being an intimidating car to drive, thanks to having a manual-only transmission.
The last two cars on our list are both Fords. In fact, Ford offers four models that only come with three pedals. Unfortunately, the Fiesta and Focus ST didn't make the cut because there are two more impressive models. The first of these is the Shelby GT350. This Mustang packs a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V8 with 526 hp. This new engine, codenamed Voodoo, sounds wicked and can rev all the way up to 8,200 RPM. This might be the best handling Mustang of all time, but it still can't beat the hype of the number one car on this list, which you may have guessed by now.
The Focus RS is the clear winner here. It wasn't long ago that the V8 Mustang only produced around 300 horsepower. Now you can actually buy a Focus with 345 horsepower. The 2.3-liter turbocharged engine is a heavily revised version of the EcoBoost Mustang's unit. In the Focus RS, the engine sends power to all four wheels through a one-choice-only six-speed manual transmission. This combo can get the Focus RS to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds. This is the first Focus RS to ever be sold in the US, and we never thought we would ever see such an impressive model from Ford here in the states. The Focus RS is the answer to our prayers, and it only comes with a stick.