This Lamborghini Diablo Proves Why Everyone Should Drive Stick

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Or at least know how to.

The manual transmission is dying. Only a very small handful of new vehicles offer them and they're usually performance models. Once EVs take over the three-pedal setup will be gone for good. Enough has already been said about this subject so we won't repeat anything.

Fortunately, there are still plenty of manual-equipped existing vehicles out there, such as the Lamborghini Diablo, ancestor to today's Aventador S. The Diablo launched at a time when manuals were the norm. Analog supercars like this naturally had them. What's unfortunate now is that not everyone can experience them because of their inability to drive stick.

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Now it's time to laugh at them. At least someone on the writing staff of Saturday Night Live is a gearhead and Lamborghini lover, hence last weekend's skit starring host Kieran Culkin. Very appropriately called "Car Heist," it has Culkin playing the role of thief mastermind, a guy who seems to have everything under control.

The target is a sweet-looking Diablo parked in some ultra-rich guy's garage that also houses several other expensive cars, including a BMW i8. The thief himself seems to be doing everything right until he attempts his getaway. Guess what? Can't drive stick.

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The skit is actually true to life as there have been dozens of failed car thefts because the perpetrators can't drive stick. You'd think that'd be part of Car Theft 101, if there is such an illegal class on the matter. Sometimes the best way to secure your car is to use so-called old-fashioned methods.

A stick shift is one of them. Heck, even the original The Club steering wheel lock does the job splendidly and cheaply. But manuals are far more than just anti-theft devices. They're a way for drivers to have greater control of their cars. It's a skill worth mastering whether or not you're a gearhead. Just don't go and become a car thief.

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