07-10-2011, 10:18 PM #1
No more manual transmissions from Lamborghini
Thought this was pretty interesting:
The news comes from an interview at Motor Trend with Maurizio Reggiani, head of R&D for Lamborghini, who characterizes the manual transmission as a disconnect in the otherwise electronic chain of command that "harmonizes absolutely everything that happens between the engine combustion chamber and the tire contact patch." Introducing the human error element means the system will never function as well as it could. That makes perfect sense, but what about the enjoyment drivers extract from handling the gears themselves?
That is unlikely to matter to any Lamborghini owners. As Motor Trend senior editor Jonny Lieberman noted on his Facebook page, "I asked a guy at Lambo Beverly Hills once how many manual Murcielagos they'd sold over ever. Answer: 1." That's right--over the whole model run of the Murcielago, the dealership sold just one with a manual transmission.
Given the speed and precision of the modern robotized manuals and dual-clutches out there, it's clear that the manual transmission is no longer the best solution for ultimate performance. All that stands in the way of the stick shift's complete elimination is the "purist" enthusiast who refuses to let go of that element of skill and control, or who simply enjoys the process. But that must be weighed against the overall experience of the car, taken through the lens of the manufacturer, and against real-world performance.
07-11-2011, 02:02 AM #2Senior Member
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who builds that ISR? Lamborghini themselves?
So sad to hear it, I drove a Gallardo once and i really loved everything about that manual gearbox. the mechanical sound it makes between shifting is something that ISR never can't make.
07-11-2011, 02:35 AM #3
07-11-2011, 05:51 PM #4
its sad but true, i hate to say it but manuals are going the way of the dinos. its possible that some will remain, maybe even in the base models, because it will be cheaper, but for all the high end models say no more to manual
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07-11-2011, 06:13 PM #5
for sports/super cars porsche will be the last remaining to offer manuals one day, and im sure one day they will stop as well. SADCurrent:
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07-11-2011, 08:46 PM #6
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07-20-2011, 11:20 PM #8
I've always been a fan of the DCT and similar transmissions, so personally I don't mind to much. Still disappointing to hear though.
07-26-2011, 01:03 PM #9Timeout
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I grew up on a manual... But in the end, my enjoyment doesn't come from a enlarged left calf.