Mr. Tact wrote on Sep 10, 2020, 13:11:
RedEye9 wrote on Sep 10, 2020, 13:00:Just because an automatic can accelerate faster than a manual doesn't mean it preferable.
Automatics have come a long way and perform as well or better than standard transmissions.
I can shift faster with a DCT paddle shifter than I ever could shift in an H gate manual. Even in a sequential manual, the DCT paddles were faster.
It isn't entirely a matter of shifting speed, either. Speed and torque control are loads better without a direct input manual transmission because there's no clutch to cause drag and parasitic power loss. With a good PCM and TCM pairing, you get near instantaneous response. So you can do things like drift around a hairpin in 2nd while keeping the revs high and as soon as you begin to straighten out, you drop it in to third. This gives you the entire width of the powerband back while maintaining kinetic velocity of the car which keeps it from becoming unsettled.
In short, it's a better total driving experience.
When I hear graybeards complain, it is often about two things: automatic transmissions and PCMs. They want manual transmissions and carburetors because they simply haven't kept up with the times. I'm no spring chicken myself but when I can show as much as three second difference in lap times between manual and automatic, that tells me right there that automatics are superior to manuals.
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