Despite the continuing outcry from enthusiasts, manual transmissions have all but disappeared from mainstream passenger vehicles. That said, there are two GM vehicles out there that still offer a three-pedaled setup for the U.S. and Canadian market, namely the Chevrolet Camaro, and the Chevrolet Spark.
The Chevrolet Camaro is a pretty obvious choice when it comes to a GM vehicle that should offer a traditional manual transmission. After all, for some drivers, slamming through the gears is a critical element to the driving experience in a high-powered muscle car, and with the new mid-engine Chevrolet Corvette going auto-only due to development and packaging constraints, the Camaro is the GM vehicle that needs to hold the line for diehard fans of the clutch pedal.
As such, the Chevrolet Camaro is offered with the six-speed MN6 manual transmission. The exact transmission used depends on the trim level selected, with the LS, 1LT, 2LT, and 3LT equipped with the TR3160, while the LT1, SS, and ZL1 are equipped with the more-robust TR6060 plus Active Rev Matching. Both the TR3160 and the TR6060 are supplied by Tremec.
To note, the Camaro is also offered with the 10-speed automatic MX6.
While it certainly makes perfect sense to throw a manual transmission into a sports car, it also makes sense to offer one in an entry-level GM vehicle like the Chevrolet Spark. As such, the Spark is offered with the five-speed MR7 manual transmission as standard, while the MR8 continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available. The standard manual transmission is less expensive than the CVT, making the Spark that much more affordable.
Note that information listed here, including that for the Camaro and the Spark, applies to 2016 through 2021 model year vehicles.
While the Camaro and Spark are currently the only GM vehicles to offer manual transmissions in the U.S. and Canada, that will change with the introduction of two new high-performance Cadillac sedans, namely the upcoming Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing and CT5-V Blackwing, both of which will offer big power and a row-your-own driving experience.