Manual Transmissions Going The Way Of Carburetors?

The demise of the manual transmission has been greatly exaggerated for
years now, and continues to be, even as carmakers like Porsche tack on
a seventh gear and Nissan sells its SynchroRev match system. At
Lamborghini, however, the manual transmission appears to be done, with
automated manuals, like the new ISR pictured below, the only
offerings. But will anyone really care?
The news comes from an interview at Motor Trend with Maurizio
Reggiani, head of R&D for Lamborghini, who characterizes the manual
transmission as a disconnect in the otherwise electronic chain of
command that "harmonizes absolutely everything that happens between
the engine combustion chamber and the tire contact patch." Introducing
the human error element means the system will never function as well
as it could. That makes perfect sense, but what about the enjoyment
drivers extract from handling the gears themselves?
That is unlikely to matter to any Lamborghini owners. As Motor Trend
senior editor Jonny Lieberman noted on his Facebook page, "I asked a
guy at Lambo Beverly Hills once how many manual Murcielagos they'd
sold over ever. Answer: 1." That's right--over the whole model run of
the Murcielago, the dealership sold just one with a manual
Given the speed and precision of the modern robotized manuals and dual-
clutches out there, it's clear that the manual transmission is no
longer the best solution for ultimate performance. All that stands in
the way of the stick shift's complete elimination is the "purist"
enthusiast who refuses to let go of that element of skill and control,
or who simply enjoys the process. But that must be weighed against the
overall experience of the car, taken through the lens of the
manufacturer, and against real-world performance.
We understand the desire to drive a manual, but we can't say we're sad
to see it go at Lamborghini--the bulls will still rage as hard as
ever, perhaps even more so, as they continue to push the envelope of
materials, performance, and technology as in the new Aventador.
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God I hope not. Automatics are just BORING. I like driving the car, not being drive by the car.
And I hate, Hate, HATE paddle shifters. Using paddle shifters is like the car patting you on the head and saying, "There, there little boy, you keep *pretending* to shift the gears, I'll actually do the real just keep playing...awwww, isn't he cute! He thinks he's driving!!"
But that's me.
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Ken H
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I agree. I love shifting when I want to shift, not letting the car shift when some universal program with a horde of average numbers tells it to make an average shift. I hate when it goes into overdrive at 40 mph. I guess that's why it has an O/D off button.
I used to autocross with a car club in Florida when I lived there. You can't autocross effectively with an automatic.
Unfortunately I had to settle for an automatic when I had to replace my stolen & wreaked '94 vert. I didn't want to spend a ton of money on a new car and I found a very nice '09 vert last year. There were nearly NO 5 speed trannys out there that I could even find, ('07 to '09) and the couple that I did find were both beat up pretty bad.
I must say though, my '09 has a pretty nice auto trans, much nicer than the ones in a couple of pick-ups I had. My only real problem with it is that "slush box" shifting. I've almost saved up for an SCT programmer to fix that.
I'm not active at all with any car club now, so I don't autocross any more, but I'd still like a manual tranny.
I've never driven a paddle shifter.
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I will give up my 84 5.0 4bbl carb, 5 speed manual when they pry my cold, dead hands off the shift knob. But on the other hand, I like the 6 speed auto in my 2010 Ford flex. :-) Dick 84 Capri RS 5.0
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Back in the sixties we referred to auto trans as "Fagomatics" Still do to this day BTW, paddle shifters just make it even worse. Kinda like prothtetic testicles.
John '07 3 pedal GT
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Waaay back in the early 60s I had a customized/modified 50 Chev, but my dad had a brand new 62 Impala with a 283 V8 and Powerglide that I would borrow when going out with my girl friend. No shifting, and I could concentrate on the business at hand - so to speak. This became a moot point when I purchased a new 63 Chev Impala 409 4 speed. "Sorry Sweetie, I'm shifting." :-) Dick
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