Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

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Re: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

Post by potownrob » Wed Jan 22, 2020 7:55 am

Rope-Pusher wrote:
Fri May 24, 2019 12:16 pm
Audi kills TT as it bids to emerge as a premium EV brand
https://www.autonews.com/cars-concepts/ ... o-readmore

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This might be the last nice pair of TTs you'll ever see.
am eye the only won who just realized your photo was of a couple of 2nd gen TTs?? eye stihl want a 3rd gen TT though... :shock:

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Re: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

Post by potownrob » Wed Jan 22, 2020 8:05 am

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Tue Jan 21, 2020 1:37 pm
Toyota's Japan-Only GR Yaris Hatchback Has a 268-hp Turbo Three
The GR Yaris' 1.6-liter turbo is the most powerful three-banger in the world.
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The GR Yaris is only offered with a six-speed manual transmission.
https://www.autoweek.com/news/sports-ca ... rbo-three/
ugh why bother :?
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Re: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

Post by Rope-Pusher » Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:40 pm

"HEY, MIKEY LIKES IT!"

2020 Honda Accord Sport 2.0 Review: Perfect for a Very Specific Sort of Buyer - AUTOWEEK

"It simply isn't true that the family sedan is dead, even if American manufacturers seem to be more or less ignoring it in favor of crossovers. At the same time, sedans like this—which don't punish you for selecting a manual transmission by forcing you to accept a base-grade engine and a poverty-spec interior—are all but gone. Very few people are going to option an Accord this way. Honda surely knows that this particular combination of features does not add up to a volume-seller. But it went and built it anyway. You get the sense that this one's for us."

"But for under $32,000, which is a few thousand bucks under the average transaction price for new cars these days, the Accord feels like the one I'd be very happy to daily-drive. Don't get me wrong: Piloting this Honda is not a mind-blowing experience. It's a very good car, not a game-changer. But this particular combination of features, especially the transmission and the 2.0-liter turbo, help elevate it from sensible to special. The experience it offers is harder and harder to find."

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Re: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

Post by potownrob » Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:25 am

Rope-Pusher wrote:
Thu Jan 23, 2020 1:40 pm
"HEY, MIKEY LIKES IT!"

2020 Honda Accord Sport 2.0 Review: Perfect for a Very Specific Sort of Buyer - AUTOWEEK

"It simply isn't true that the family sedan is dead, even if American manufacturers seem to be more or less ignoring it in favor of crossovers. At the same time, sedans like this—which don't punish you for selecting a manual transmission by forcing you to accept a base-grade engine and a poverty-spec interior—are all but gone. Very few people are going to option an Accord this way. Honda surely knows that this particular combination of features does not add up to a volume-seller. But it went and built it anyway. You get the sense that this one's for us."

"But for under $32,000, which is a few thousand bucks under the average transaction price for new cars these days, the Accord feels like the one I'd be very happy to daily-drive. Don't get me wrong: Piloting this Honda is not a mind-blowing experience. It's a very good car, not a game-changer. But this particular combination of features, especially the transmission and the 2.0-liter turbo, help elevate it from sensible to special. The experience it offers is harder and harder to find."

https://www.autoweek.com/drives/a305993 ... 5-readmore
eye kinda wish (if eye were in the market for a car and were ten years junger) they specced the 1.5 turbo sport accord similar to the 2.0 turbo sport model. the 2.0 sport is based on the EX, so it has heated seats, moonroof, siriusxm and a good stereo, and other goodies. the 1.5 sport is based on the LX, so it doesn't have the sunroof, heated seats or siriusxm; it is specced better than the LX though, with leather steering wheel, nicer power seats and better stereo, but it still feels rather lowend. still better than the 9th gen (13-17) accord sport though. you could go up to the 1.5 EX, but then you don't get the leather wheel and trim, nor the manual transmission option. The EX is specced well, practically speaking, but it doesn't feel upscale like the EX-L, Touring or 2.0 Sport doo.
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Re: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

Post by Rope-Pusher » Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:33 pm

First Drive: 2020 Polaris Slingshot Has a New Polaris Engine and an Automatic

...but get the stick!
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"After that drive, I jumped into an R with AutoDrive. As an enthusiast driver I must say I was disappointed with this shift calibration. It seemed to take forever to make the shifts between gears, no matter the throttle position or the drive mode selected. It reminded me of the awful setup in the Smart Fortwo, with its long pauses followed by clunks. Sergeant later said this transmission was made to accommodate a wide variety of drivers, not just those seeking to explore the handling limit. But I gotta think even those guys don’t want to wait a week and a half between gear shifts."

Sounds tummy like it's an automated manual. The clutch, shift lever, and maybe the throttle too are being operated based on the recommendation of a committee - after a formal vote is taken. If it was a dual-clutch trans, shift time would have been reduced by preselecting the next gear so the shifting and synchronization are done in advance.

https://www.autoweek.com/drives/a305256 ... automatic/
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Re: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

Post by Rope-Pusher » Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:20 pm

...but Honda is still keepin' it real under the hood!

https://www.pressreader.com/usa/royal-o ... 4221163744
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Re: Manuals you'll miss in 2019...

Post by Rope-Pusher » Sat Jun 06, 2020 1:51 pm

BMW WILL HAVE MANUAL TRANS IN NEW M3 & M4
And before we go, we’re pleased to report that manual transmissions are far from dead. BMW confirmed the new M3 and M4 will have a manual option. The less sporty versions of those cars no longer offer a manual because demand had fallen off. But for hard core enthusiasts who don’t give a rip how fast an automatic can shift, and who derive so much pleasure from heel-and-toe driving and matching revs, niche sports cars.are the one place where manual transmissions will live on.

https://www.autoblog.com/2020/06/02/bmw ... confirmed/
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