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Old 01-13-2010, 05:14 PM   #1
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"A six-speed dual-clutch transmission (PowerShift in Ford nomenclature) comes standard. Ford has supplanted the manual with the dual-clutch, citing it as the new fuel economy leader. The PowerShift functions like a standard automatic, but its two clutches allow near instantaneous shifts and improved fuel economy. Tied to the gearbox is Hill Start assist, which holds the brakes for 2.5 seconds to prevent rollback on an incline. The system activates when the incline exceeds 3%."

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So my question is and forgive me if I sound dumb for asking this but... Does this mean there will not be an optional traditional manual transmission? Or Are we going to get stuck with some kind of manumatic type BS they call powershift?


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Old 01-13-2010, 06:35 PM   #2
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yea thats what I was wondering to
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The manual option is a 6 speed.
I would like to add that the "six-speed dual-clutch transmission" is 'just' an automated manual. I.E. no pumps, torque converters ect. The only thing that worries me about it would be the cost of repair, which is an unknown.
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They're finally getting away from torque convertors...a dual-clutch transmission essentially is two manual transmissions in one package, one has gears 1,3,5 and the other has 2,4,6; the clutch is automatically controlled (there are two -- one for each transmission). As you are accelerating through 1st gear, it engages 2nd at the top of the power curve, and instead of shifting from one gear to another it just releases the lower gear (to prevent over-revving).

As far as the user is concerned, it is a manual tranny without the need to operate a clutch. Score.
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So it take one of the fun factors away....being able to control a manaul and to fpick when you shift.......

I like to be "connected" to the car in as many ways as possible ....

no actual clutch= FAIL

I dont care if it helps with econ-factor....it take away the FUN factor
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