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Enthusiasts Say No to the Seven-Speed Manual

17:09  13 june  2018
17:09  13 june  2018 Source:   automobilemag.com

I Have Determined The Correct Amount Of Gears

  I Have Determined The Correct Amount Of Gears Some cars have too many gears, like Ford’s new(ish) 10-speed automatic transmission, which it drops into Mustangs and F-150s. I think we can all agree that’s too many gears. What is the correct amount of gears? After extensive testing, I have determined the answer. The answer is five. Five is the perfect number of gears. How many gears is too few? Four gears is probably too few. Three gears is definitely too few. Two gears, which is pretty much just high and low? Get out of here with that trash. How many gears is too many? Six gears is too many. This weekend, I drove a 2018 Cadillac ATS-V, with a six-speed manual transmission.

I have yet to find a seven - speed manual gearbox that I like. Yes, I understand that they offer an increased ratio spread and lower the revs on the highway. This helps acceleration as well as refinement and fuel economy but the complicated gear pattern and extra ratio simply isn’t enjoyable to use in the

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I have yet to find a seven-speed manual gearbox that I like. Yes, I understand that they offer an increased ratio spread and lower the revs on the highway. This helps acceleration as well as refinement and fuel economy but the complicated gear pattern and extra ratio simply isn't enjoyable to use in the real world. If you don't believe me, I challenge you to name one car that's better because of the one-more-than-six layout. Putting it different way, show me one of these cars that would be less satisfactory with a six-speed gearbox.

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Say No to the Seven - Speed Manual . Update: Aston Martin confirmed that the new seven - speed manual will also have an automatic rev-matching feature. It is a no-cost option, though buyers can still also buy an automatic transmission if they prefer.

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Take Aston Martin. When it said its outgoing V12 Vantage S would gain a manual gearbox, I was initially excited as at that point, it was only offered with the rather terrible seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox.

a close up of a car© Automobile Magazine Staff

Aston's marketing department worked their magic to promote the dog-leg setup on the new seven-speed manual that would be limited to a run of just 100 cars for the U.S. But Aston should have just offered the car with the six-speed manual instead. The seven-speed carries clunky linkage and the gearing is too short. Why did they use such ratios with a powerful, torque-rich V12 engine?

Sadly, rumors are that the new Vantage will also use the seven-speed manual. As before, the AMG-supplied, twin-turbo V-8 has so much grunt that the extra ratio is a waste. The old V12 Vantage (before the 'S' version) and the DBS both carried a much-nicer six-speed manual, as did the V8 Vantage. Aston shouldn't have bothered with the seven-ratio 'box.

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Say No to the Seven - Speed Manual . All that said , for me a good manual gearbox will always offer an extra element of involvement. And the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI has a good manual gearbox.

The Germans aren't any better. I recently had the pleasure of driving the new Porsche 911 GT3 with Touring Package. The exterior profile of the minimalist 911 is stunning due to the lack of the disco rear wing and the six-speed manual is a total joy to snick through the ratios. That same day, I drove a friend's 2017 911 Carrera 4S and the feel of its seven-speed manual was such a comparative letdown. The linkage isn't as tight and the shifter moves around slightly while in gear. It's clearly a less-precise setup.

a car driving on a road© Automobile Magazine Staff

When the 911 Carrera T was announced, I was hoping it would be a poor man's 911 GT3. One of the best moves Porsche could have made was to fit a close ratio six-speed gearbox instead of the standard 911's seven speed.

The Brits and the Germans aren't the only guilty parties. There's also the Corvette. Why in the world does a car with that much torque—yes, even the base Corvette has gobs of power—need so many ratios? I understand that extra ratios make sense with an automatic transmission because the driver doesn't have to move a stick around and select each gear but it's a waste with a manual.

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Say No to the Seven - Speed Manual . The trike’s shift knob might be spongy, but the actual shifts from its five- speed manual transmission are anything but.

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There's a bigger picture here. We all know the manual gearbox is dying. If the antiquated but visceral transmission is going to stick around, car companies need to make sure they're a joy to use. Just because seven is a bigger number than six it doesn't mean it's better. Yes, the seventh gear does allow lower revs and that saves fuel and lowers CO2 emissions but the complicated setup dilutes the joy of driving a car with three pedals. Buyers don't choose the manual because they're looking for the ultimate 0-60 mph time or top-spec fuel economy—they're looking for driving enjoyment and purity. The key is stopping at six and realizing that seven is simply a diminishing return.

Hopefully Porsche remembers this with the next-generation 911, Aston gets fixes things with future Vantage variants, and Chevy goes the preferred route for the next Corvette. There's a campaign led by a competitor publication to 'Save the Manuals'. It's a valiant campaign and one that I support but they need to add an asterisk: Except the 7-speed ones.

2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S front three quarters in motion© Automobile Magazine Staff 2017 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S front three quarters in motion

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Seven coupes and seven convertible versions of the special edition 600-horsepower V12 Vantage V600 will be produced to sign off the old Vantage for good.Update 6/14/18: The Vantage V600 has been spotted in the flesh for the first time. Pictures of the car taken by Top Gear presenter Chris Harris can be seen at the bottom of this article. The original post, published 5/9/18, can be read below.

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