The motoring world is moving away from manual transmissions, but Cadillac has committed to keeping three-pedal performance cars alive.
Having launched the warmed-over CT4-V and CT5-V, vehicles similar in approach to AMG 43 or BMW M Performance models, Cadillac confirmed there are proper M and AMG rivals in the works – and they'll have manual variants.
Speaking at the launch of the CT4-V and CT5-V, General Motors president Mark Reuss unequivocally confirmed V-Series vehicles with a with an enthusiast-pleasing stick shift are coming.
"Cadillac will make manuals in V-Series," Reuss told North American journalists, as reported by Muscle Cars and Trucks.
Although the most recent BMW M5-rivalling CTS-V was exclusively offered with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the first two generations were offered with a manual. The CTS has since been replaced by the CT5.
The compact, BMW M3-rivalling ATS-V was offered with a manual throughout its life, and will be succeeded by the CT4-V.
Although automatic transmissions dominate in Australia and the USA, some performance cars are bucking the trend. Around 65 per cent of Mazda MX-5 buyers opt for a three-pedal car locally.