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Oh, I doubt I will have much trouble getting used to the new gearbox having been in the military and drove just about everything on wheels
So what next 7 gears, 8 gears, 9 gears?
We already have '4 up 2 down' gearboxes, so '4 up 4 down' is probably about the sensible limit before things get too confusing for Mr Average. That would take us to a 7 speed box (excluding reverse.) I can't see that they're likely to go beyond that.
As VS says, there are already 7 speed autos, though the gear changing is all done for you then. CVT will wipe the floor with all fixed ratio automatics if they ever manage to design a cost effective and robust box.
I haven't had another diesel to compare it with, but 6th on mine feels like an extra overdrive. I'm pretty sure the engine's running at lower RPMs than other diesels I've been in at 70, and while 6th gear loses out on the excellent in-gear acceleration that most diesels would have in 5th, it's quite capable of maintaining a set speed and providing reasonable acceleration without dropping down to 5th.
With the amount of town traffic all we really need is in-town gears and an overdrive for when we venture out on the open road / motorways.
It's a nice feature to have, but I wouldn't trade wider ratios on the other gears for a 5 speed box that did the same RPM in 5th. With a 6th gear, you get to have your cake and eat it.
I suppose the big question is whether or not 6th gear offers significant fuel savings over 5th. I'll have to try it sometime.
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2010 Laguna III Initiale.
Last edited by Horatio; 31st January 2007 at 06:07 PM.
Reason: Changed 'including' to 'excluding'. It makes more sense now :p