I've driven lots of manual cars, and while my Golf R's gearbox is pretty good, I'd have to say that the best gearbox I've sampled was in the BMW Z4 3.0 roadster. Smooth and buttery, with perfect spacing between the gates. I thought it was a nice car in its own right, but the fabulous gearbox made it a joy to drive.

Runners-up: E90 M3, Mazda RX-8