This is kinda crazy and either the best thing to happen to manuals, or maybe the most frustrating, I can't tell.
Muscle Cars & Trucks unearthed a really interesting Ford patent for an automated manual that appears to have a traditional shift lever, but no clutch pedal.
Yep, you read that right.
So you get to row your own, but a computer and electronic module to safely swap the gears. If it works, I guess that would be a smart way to keep a lot of the fun of a manual without the inefficiencies and unnecessary wear-and-tear from drivers who haven't mastered clutch application, but I know for sure purists will scream.
Personally, I'm a lousy heal-and-toe drive and pretty clumsy at double-clutching, but enjoy driving a manual in everyday use, so this might be a perfect solution for me, but I still expect it will be hugely controversial if they do implement it on the new Mustang (as MC&T speculates they will)
Read the full technical explanation here:
Ford Motor Company has patented an electronic clutch with an override that could debut on the S650 Mustang or even the Bronco.