Join Date: Sep 2007
Car magazine, February 2019, page 89, George Kacher quoted as saying the take up rate for manual transmissions is 3%. He's talking about Europe. Not talking about the M car range specifically.
I note that the Giulia QF was equipped with a ZF manual S6 53 good for 600 Nm of torque. But in the same issue of Car they report the only manual 6 spd M3/M4 will be detuned from the power and torque outputs available on most of the range because the strongest manual gearbox they have is that S6 53. To be bashed Pure they will be analogous to Porsche's whacky 911R.
So, no, ZF isn't going to be building any stronger manual gearboxes. Top rated cars will all have to be automatics of some sort. Tremec gearboxes aren't very good, just btw.
ZF Automatics from around 2008 onward are very robust, sealed for life under normal service conditions and handle a wide range of maximum torques.
1991 Alfa Romeo 164L 5 spd
White on grey leather 230K km, owned from new
Last edited by Michael Smith; 05-09-2019 at 04:01 PM.