In recent years manufacturers every time bet less for manual changes in their sporting products. The automatic changes used in performance cars are more rapid and effective than any human, to which we must add that the driver does not have to drop your hands off the wheel at any time when you wheel it to the limit.
on the other hand, we have the reliability, as the boxes, manuals have limitations of reliability with engines very powerful. You could use transmission manuals more robust to increase its durability, but the feel of the change would be much worse and it would also increase your weight. All this combined makes, except for a few exceptions such as the return of the Porsche 911 GT3 the manual gearbox, is becoming increasingly difficult to see a change manual in a performance car.
In recent years, we have been being aware of this change in the industry, seeing as manufacturers have resorted especially to the changes of double clutch. In the BMW you can now buy versions with 6-speed manual transmission or shift with a double clutch and 7 gears. A recent statements Peter Quintus to our colleagues of The Drive leave us with the mouth open: “The DCT had two advantages: it was light, and its speed of change was greater, now, a large part of this advantage of time change has disappeared to the extent that automation systems improve and become more intelligent”.
Is the less curious that high-ranking BMW make these statements when currently the products of their company used this type of change. Quintus stated in addition that the DCT will remain between six and seven years of life. He praised the developments that are getting the automatic gearbox torque converter claiming, among other things, that “now we’re seeing automatic transmissions with nine and even ten speeds, so that there is a lot of technology in automatic”.
performance figures, both of power and of torque, in the cars of high performance, the complexity it adds in the hybrid systems and the driving comfort of an automatic change makes a manual that is almost impossible to see in a new supercar. What is most curious is that, according to BMW, the exact same reasons “kill” to double clutch in favor of the torque converter.