maybe:Does anyone know why they dont offer the smart in a true manual transmission?
Most likely true.....since the car is being sold as an urban/city car, basically. Shifting gears would suck in the city. If they offered manual, I would buy it because I don't need to shift that much and enjoy more control that way.The reason stated is because a true manual is a pain in the butt in a stop-and-go city environment. I couldn't say if it was true or not; I've always had an automatic.
Remember that the smart transmission is NOT a torque converter (an "automatic"). And in concept it not much different than a Formula 1 transmission - gear teeth, electronic clutch, and all. No, you can't throw a heroic-sounding, double-clutch downshift, but neither can Kimi Raikkonen.I'm quite concerned about the transmision, last time I had an automatic was a 1973 Vega, and that brings back memories I was hoping would stay suppressed forever.
No, you can't throw a heroic-sounding, double-clutch downshift, but neither can Kimi Raikkonen.
Nothing wrong with the 5 speed getrag. Good solid unit if you have full control over the clutching. Has anyone seen the engineering detail on the automated clutch? My first mod may well be to convert it to a manual clutch. It might be fun to have a manual clutch coupled with an electric shift mechanism. It would be too difficult to try to create a solid feeling shift linkage from the shifter back to the rear mounted transmission. Remember the Corvair? Shifting that vehicle was like stirring a can of melted ice cream.It could be that the electro-regulated "clutch-in-a-can" may be less subject to abuse than a foot-operated one.
As far as I can see, only the 5-speed Getrag will be in use from '07 onward. Even with the Euro diesels.
You are probably right on that one, Fish. So many people who drive standards don't really know how to use them. Riding the clutch while sitting at lights and not shifting to neutral can lower clutch life by a load. Also, slipping the clutch excessively while starting out is another bad thing done alot. The Getrag takes all those human imperfections out of the equation, doesn't it?....It could be that the electro-regulated "clutch-in-a-can" may be less subject to abuse than a foot-operated one.