Hello, human beings, and welcome to this week’s version of Letters to Doug, where we tackle some of the key issues affecting the automotive industry, and also shifter placement.
One of the reasons I think there’s so much automatic hate among many car enthusiasts is that for so very long, automatics were abysmal, fun-killing three- and four-speed units. Now they’re fast-shifting, with fancy paddles, and offer lots of gears. But where does the insanity end?
The new Audi S4 replaces the old model’s supercharger for a turbo, gains 20 horsepower to reach 354 HP, and gets a cool new dash. It loses, however, one of the most standout features of the model: the dual clutch transmission is gone.
We’ve known for a while that Ford and GM have been working on a ten-speed transmission together, but a new king of the hill is on the horizon. Autoguide reports that the US Patent and Trademark office just published a patent that was filed by Ford for a completely bonkers eleven speed transmission.
Letting 1930s GM teach you how a transmission works is great and all, but 1930s technology was limited in that it couldn’t actually show you the internal bits of a transmission in motion. Luckily, humanity has advanced to the point where there is a new solution, for your internal-transmission-workings desires. It’s…
On February 22, a 49-year old woman accidentally drove into the path of an oncoming train. The tragic accident claimed her and five other peoples' lives, and while the exact reason why she drove into the path of the train isn't known, Mercedes-Benz automatic gearshift design is a suspect. Let's see why.
Above is a Lenco transmission, one of the most specialized, wonderful, weird transmissions I've ever seen.
Apart from fuel economy, GM's new Hydra-Matic 8L90 transmission also improves the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray's 0-60 acceleration time to 3.7 seconds, making it run the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds. Yeah, technology!
Gear shifters: so easy to do wrong, so tricky to do right.
The manual may be on the way out, but while we have it we're in a bit of a golden age of transmissions. We have efficient continuously-variable transmissions, we have eight- and (nearly) nine-speed automatics, double clutch shifters of all kinds, and we still have one or two gated manuals hanging around. But what's…
Welcome to Sunday Matinee, where we highlight classic car reviews or other longer videos I find on YouTube. Kick back and enjoy this blast from the past.
This is a 2004 BMW M3 CSL, which stands for Coupé Sport Leichtbau. It could be the best E46 ever made if it had a manual transmission. Unfortunately, it came with an upgraded SMG semi-automatic which wasn't as good that the six-speed manual in the base car.
Most every car you find these days has a six or seven speed transmission. But some people want more. Lexus has an eight speed auto. ZF is working on a nine speed auto. Hyundai will offer a ten speed soon. But now they're going to be outdone by Volkswagen. Beigekrieg, forward!
Earlier this year, after Jalopnik pointed to a tide of transmission complaints from owners of 2011 Ford Mustangs, Ford identified several issues with the car's Chinese-built Getrag MT82 six-speed, and issued a pair of service bulletins. Now, the Feds are done poking around. The verdict? No recall. The transmission's…
Detroit's ad machine — back when it ran on brown liquor and slathered on Old Spice without a touch of irony — used a not-so-subtle play on America's rigid gender roles to sell the country on automatic transmissions. The ladies, you see, can't be bothered to shift on their own.
Sure, its a first for automatic, front-wheel-drive vehicles, but ZF's just walking in the footsteps of semi-truck transmission builders with its 9-speed gearbox, which will offer all the all-wheel-drive/floor wax/dessert topping flexibility those zed-effing Germans can muster.
Even with the language barrier and cultural challenges, it's easy to understand what's happening here: a Ferrari F430 is racing a Japanese-market Toyota Corolla, both in reverse. It's the winner that needs some explanation.
BMW's new adaptive transmission based on its current eight-speed gearbox will adapt its shifting pattern and power delivery to suit road conditions. Yes, yes, all fine and good. Our manual-transmission cars have a similar system — it's called the driver.