Admittedly, I’ve been driving & preferring manuals my entire life, but in the past few years started to feel a bit silly when I objectively observed my process of changing gears.
I was hesitant to step into an eGear Gallardo because thought for sure I would hate it.
So do I still read dive tables and wear my analog watch alongside the dive computer? You bet I do.
you will never master driving or become one with any car with all this crap on it. So when all this takes place what will you say then, oh this is a much better experience?
Filter it down it IS about driving and skill. That is correct.Not the right analogy because both approaches & tools can exist side by side.
Not so with a manual gearbox.
The article title says “here’s why manual transmissions ABSOLUTELY shouldn’t die”.
Yet in many very critical applications (air travel, space flight, weapons, and scuba) people all choose to PRIMARILY depend on the computer, but maintain alternative manual workarounds for the very rare times (i.e. emergencies) they might become necessary.
Since we can’t have a manual transmission sitting next to our paddle shifter, I don’t feel this article does a good job of supporting its bold (clickbait?) headline.
I think choosing a manual transmission ultimately still just comes back to the items I posted earlier. Nostalgia (it feels better), bravado, and stubbornness... OR “investment value”, which has nothing to do with driving nor skill
Well said. One is not better just each a different experience. As you stated you are more connected with the manual. You actually perform the downshifts among other things.There is no right or wrong answer. It comes to personal preference.
I understand and agree with the comments about a manual providing more “connection” to your machine versus real-time, computer-controlled shifting decisions made via e-gear. I also know that, having had e-gear (and now converting to manual), e-gear is a freaking blast to drive.
Just need to figure out what floats your boat and choose accordingly.
Yes it’s so vitally important to be “one with the car” and in “ complete control” driving down to the cars and coffee once a month. It’s not a high level skill guys or some badge of honor....old ladies can do it and did for decades.Oh great, another article praising the manual transmission as the second coming of christ. I wish people would just be able to enjoy their cars without desperately having to justify how the gears are changed
Yes it’s so vitally important to be “one with the car” and in “ complete control” driving down to the cars and coffee once a month. It’s not a high level skill guys or some badge of honor....old ladies can do it and did for decades.
"In fact, I'd rather focus on driving the car and the idiots that are around me, than doing the perfect heel-toe."1) I think a lot of this nostalgia and misconception is rooted in the fact that in the past, manual transmissions were faster and more efficient than slushboxes. So it's been favored for real "enthusiasts."
That's really not been the case in 10+ years. In fact, time and again, the egear is usually .5-.7 seconds faster than the manual (look at every test made, the manuals are slower)--if that's important to you.
2) Not all manual transmissions, even on sports cars, are created the same. Some just don't feel good. No thanks.
3) I think it's important to know how to drive a manual, but I'm realizing that honestly, even an old school egear is a much better suited gearbox for this particular car's personality. In fact, I'd rather focus on driving the car and the idiots that are around me, than doing the perfect heel-toe.
On a Porsche though, I'd probably consider a manual, esp something like a Boxster that's smaller and lighter.