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Regarding faster auto's.... (archive)

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Posted by Tommy on January 30, 2000 at 11:54:39:

In Reply to: Porsche Tiptronic on a tuned, twin turbo 300 hp S4 posted by rickp on January 30, 2000 at 01:37:57:

I always thouught that an automatic should be faster since it doesn't require as much time to shift. About a year ago Mercedes Benz introduced an SLK in the US with a manual shifter and in every test it was slower than it's auto counterpart.

Now I understand that auto's are usually slower due to a loss in the powertrain but wouldn't it be possible to make a steptronic transmission that is faster than a manual but also as fun b/c it allows changing of gears?

I know with a step you don't have *full* control b/c I have heard most of the time it will upshift on its own if you floor it and sometimes it won't downshift to a lower gear if you're not in the rev range but I think it should be a possibility to have steptronic transmissions, if not now than in the near future, to be right up there with manual trannies and even faster since there is less time required to shift.

I can't wait to test out the step in my upcoming 740iS. I'll keep all of you guys posted.

Thomas Koch
Lover of manual trannies, but hater of NYC traffic

: I have a 300 hp/345 lbft (Wett ECU chip) Audi S4 with steering wheel buttons for the Tip (very much like BMW's Steptronic on the console). When I was merely stock (250 hp) my friend in his beautiful, black M Roadster couldn't keep up with me (it only comes with a manual). I'm *NEVER* going back to a manual!!! (grins)

: Rick

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