I would really love to have a manual transmission with my XE, however, in checking with different Jaguar dealers I found that it was not an option. And that's strange, because I had to order my XE to get the features that I wanted (Prestige, TDI, British Racing Green, etc.), so it wouldn't have been a problem to just install the manual transmission, and I would have paid extra for them to do it. But I was told that the manual transmission on the XE was not tested or certified or something, so there was no way, no how. Otherwise I think I'll be very pleased with my XE when it arrives in February.