I don't see how weight and size are being correlated now to how necessary a manual is in a high performance car. The ZL1, and many of today's larger GT's are heading for that 4,000lbs+ weight figure, should they not offer M/T's for those as well now?
The point should be here that if it's done, it should be done correctly. And that goes for more than just something like the transmission.
The super sportsedan class i(ie XFR, CTS-V, E63, M5, S6, etc.) just doesn't fit with manuals anymore IMO. I wouldn't want a manual in any of them
Last edited by Ross1013; 10-09-2012 at 02:29 PM.
If there was no market or if no one wanted them, they wouldn't offer them.
I wouldn't call any of these people manual apologists.
The manumatics that were all the rage for a while there were a blight on the industry.. we can pretty much all agree on that.
These dual clutch devices are millions of times better than their manumatic counterparts for every day driving so I give them a plus for that.
And they also get a plus for shifting just a tiny bit faster and allowing us to ring out a touch more power and speed.
The main gripe for auto has been that with manual you could select what gear you want to be in and you were in control. With the dual clutch boxes.. this is essentially taken care of.. you can be in whatever gear you want to be in so that is no longer a gripe. and the shifts are smooth with dual clutch.. which was a problem with manumatics.. so that is no longer a problem.
The technology in dual cltuch transmission has risen to a very acceptable state. Even if you love manual.. you have to admit the DCT is a solid piece of technology.
And it's especially important for BMW, who has never really had a great feeling manual transmission in any car I have ever driven... and I've never really read anything positive about the manual other than it was a good option against the ****astic manumatic options of yor.
i do take offense with this article claiming that the manual won't last 50k. that is yet to be seen.. and from what we have seen with BMWs manumatic (lasting 18k before needing replacement) the manual, even at 50k, seems like not so bad an option. Time will tell how the DCT stands up... I think it will probably do fine.. and I disagree that the manual would only last 50k.. I think it will do fine on longevity as well. The idea that it isn't possible to make a manual transmission that handles 500 and 600 hp/torx in a 4000 lb vehicle is laughable. The writer of the article should go talk to the people at Mac or Peterbilt and ask them how many thousands of foot pounds of torque their 18 speed manuals can handle while pulling acar carrier full of m5s.
Like many "apologists" have said... the article is dubious in some ways.. and very subjective for the most part.
I'm making no apologies for manual transmissions here. The Dual Clutch transmission setups have come a long way and have reached a very acceptable state. But they are still for women who don't know how to shift a car properly on their own and now are for manufacturers that were never good at making a manual shifter to begin with.
As you said...the BMW 7-speed never defeats the driver's choice. And it unleashes a new level of power and traction that the 6MT cannot compete with. The 7DCT is the best way to get the most out of the current M-cars and P-cars.
The reality here is that a car like a Miata, which is light, connected, and tossable, needs to have a manual transmission.
But a huge land barge with a blustering and billowing turbo V8, enough room to seat 5 comfortably, and more layers of sound deadening and leather than most limosines, may not make an ideal match for a manual. The new M5 is supposed to be a giant foretress with maniacal accelaration and grip. Adding a manual isn't going to do much to make the driver feel more connected, but it sure is going to make the car slower.
To me, the M5 is the like the GT-R -- they are high tech machines designed around DCT transmissions. Adding a manual defeats the purpose of them.
Also, the difference is more like 600lb between the E90/2 and the F10.
Here's what I don't get. When you drive one of these dual-clutch units in a high-powered car, the soundtrack is almost like a racecar with a sequential box, or a motorcycle. Who doesn't at least understand why that would be desirable in a road car? The sensation is unbelievable.
Since that feeling is entirely subjective, as you say, then isn't it possible that you could use experience to modify that feeling, to understand more than one aspect of the issue, and thus accept and even like more than one kind of method of delivering hp from the engine to the wheels? I mean, I'd bet you can accept the subjectively inferior FWD platform, and I'll bet your experience has taught you that it's actually not so bad in street and in basic performance use, and maybe even preferrable in many situations.Again, I'd rather drive a manual transmission simply because it gives me the feeling of being connected to the vehicle.
No, only your bias does that. It's mechanical either way and you can enjoy it either way. IF you let yourself.I understand the technology and how great it can be but it somehow insulates you from the mechanical enjoyment of the car.
A good autobox can be just as satisfying to drive as a good manual, and often more suited to the type of car it's in when discussing heavy semi-luxury and luxury performance vehicles. Now, a bad autobox can distract from the driving experience, but so can a bad manual trans. And from all accounts, the BMW one is the latter.
I love driving, and I love driving ALL kinds of cars, no matter the engine size and transmission type. I have preferences, but they don't get in the way of finding a way to enjoy any car I get to drive. Which means I get to enjoy a wider variety of cars than the average TCLer. But I wish that more would take on the challenge of opening their minds to the possibilities and learn to enjoy even more cars than I do...
"Like a fine Detroit wine, this vehicle has aged to budgetary perfection"
As I have grown older, this is all laughable to me. I got my 1 series in manual because I love the buttery shifter in the 135i. My next car might be DCT, it might be manual. It depends on what suits the car better.
But never underestimate the influence of Ego, particularly when it comes to people who pride themselves on their automobile, and therefore by extension the type of transmission it has.
Like others here, general involvement is highly entertaining for me, and I'll take that on the street, even if it means I'm a full second slower in the track.
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As a side note, I have been driving a loaner 328i M-Sport with some sort of tiptronic transmission that is actually pretty good (I dont' think it's the DCT, box, though).
Though the car feels slow compared with my 135i, there is a really cool sense of driving a race car when I rev the N52 to ~6700 rpms, and then snap an upshift on the paddle shifters. Even cooler is doing a "double click" shift down to second when braking for a corner.
Is it as much fun as heel-toing? Maybe. Is it fun, in and of itself,? You bet.
But now, the dual-clutch tech is better. It's just better. And especially in cars like the M5, where as Autoblog said, you want to be making sure your braking/turn-in is right, and not focusing on managing 550ish lb-ft w/your feet.
That's where the ego comes in. People want to believe they can be that guy that can manage it, so they piss on a car that does it for you and allows you to focus on the business of pointing the car where it needs to go.
Re: your loaner car, that's definitely the new 8AT. And yeah it does feel racy. Even BMW's slushbox is pretty good now.