Today, there are hardly any sports cars equipped with purely manual transmissions.The reasons for this are, for example, that automatic transmissions or dual-clutch transmissions switch much faster and above all at exactly the right time. Highly bred motors have lower fuel consumption and a longer service life than manual switches due to the more precise switching of automated gearboxes.
A Bugatti Chiron is unlikely to be tamed with a manual transmission.The high-performance motor, which had been exhausted to the last, would literally go in front of the dogs relatively quickly due to the inaccurate work of a human switch.
In a longer article, the magazine SportAuto has dealt with the development towards automatic transmissions:
And this right now, when sport auto has succeeded in ripping a bmw an M6 with a six-speed gearbox out of its ribs.
The very idea of literally grabbing a 560 hp biturbo engine by the horns makes well-being and suspense down in cascades.
If you still have the courage to turn off the ESP’s tap, you need to know exactly how to serve the maximum torque of 680 Newton meters to the rear tires and the asphalt without breaking anything.M GmbH is building this variant for the USA, as well as the M5, both of which are already in the second generation. M CEO Friedrich Nitschke explains why: “There was a great demand from potential customers, as it is a particular skill in the USA to drive a vehicle with manual transmission.” And what are the actual sales figures?
“Especially in the current model generation, sales success fell short of forecasts,” admits Nitschke, while questioning whether US customers should still have a choice with their successor.Probably not, because the equipment quotas with dual-clutch transmissions (DKG) and converter machines are steadily increasing. If the manufacturer still leaves a choice, up to 95 percent of the buyers can take the switching work. This is surprising in sports cars, as it is well known that every gram of weight is often fought in this segment and both transmission alternatives weigh up to 50 kilograms more, especially the dual-clutch transmission. The main reasons: switching speed and efficiency.
People simply are not able to tame a sports car and treat it gently.