Shift­ing pri­or­i­ties

Wheels (Australia) - - Editor's Letter -

Just like the much-ma­ligned SUV, the au­to­matic gear­box has long had a stigma at­tached to it. If given the choice, petrol­heads would typ­i­cally take a man­ual as the pre­ferred op­tion, main­tain­ing its ex­tra lay­ers of con­nec­tion make it the su­pe­rior trans­mis­sion. The con­nec­tion part may hold true, but this is another area where rapid ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy and en­gi­neer­ing know-how have chal­lenged the mo­tor­ing sta­tus-quo. Dual­clutch and con­ven­tional auto ’boxes are now so fast and in­tu­itive that they’ve be­come the de­fault op­tion for high­per­for­mance ma­chin­ery.

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