[s-cars] ARE ESS SIX

Taka Mizutani t44tqtro at gmail.com
Sat Dec 1 07:25:49 PST 2007

Nah, not really- automatic is the deal-killer for me. The A8 and the RS6
would be totally different with a manual.

I think that's why Rob Levinson converted a BMW 750 to 6-speed manual from
an 850CSi. That would be an awesome combo- big 7 series with a manual.

That's also the reason why the market for big cars is becoming less and less
interesting to me- the only decently large sedans with a manual are the BMW
E60 5 series, the Cadillac CTS (both generations), Volvo P2 S60/V70R,
Porsche Cayenne GTS.

With the Cayenne GTS, that is probably the next big car that I'll get- I
hope Cayenne GTS resale is as bad as the regular models. Might be really
hard to find one, though. Same with the 535xi wagon with the 6-speed manual.


On Nov 30, 2007 8:34 AM, <pkrasusky at ups.com> wrote:

> Bwahahahahaahahaaa...  yeah I'd rather drive my Miata than my RS6 too.
> Awesome.  Thanks!
> I'll never get why people will bite off their noses to spite their faces.
> So what if the trans could shift a couple milliseconds faster to be
> "perfect".  So what if there are better units out there.  So what if it only
> comes in an automatic.  Will it keep me from buying a particular car - and
> missing out on ALL of what ELSE the car has to OFFER and miss out on
> experiencing some of the finer automotive creations out there???  Shoot me
> the day that happens.
> Tx again for the laugh!
> -Paul
>  ------------------------------
> *From:* Taka Mizutani [mailto:t44tqtro at gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Thursday, November 29, 2007 10:05 PM
> *To:* Krasusky Paul (WQQ2PXK)
> *Cc:* s-car-list at audifans.com
> *Subject:* Re: [s-cars] ARE ESS SIX
> Now you got me laughing- Claudia Schiffer's nail polish? :-)
> I've driven two different RS6s, didn't like either one- transmission did
> not shift well by my standards. I wouldn't get one unless it had a manual,
> like the Champion car that I saw down in Daytona a few weeks ago.
> The standard for slushboxes right now, IMO, is the MBZ transmission- I've
> driven Audi, BMW, Volvo, Chevy, Toyota, Nissan, Infiniti, Honda, Ford and
> some others that I probably can't remember and the MBZ transmission shifts
> the most responsively. It shifts when I tell it to shift, downshifts when I
> tell it to do so, the only thing I don't like is that it won't hold a gear
> indefinitely, it won't let you bounce off the rev limiter.
> If we're stuck with slushboxes, that is my choice. E63.
> Otherwise, DSG is king- I can't wait to see the longitudinal Audi
> application if they ever get around to doing it. GT-R has a double-clutch
> transmission, I'd love to get some seat time with that one.
> But nevertheless, there is no substitute for a decent manual gearbox like
> the one I row every day in the Miata. :-)
> I will take an Allison in a HD truck, though- I hate driving trucks with
> heavy clutches and huge masses rotating about making it difficult to shift
> gears.
> Taka

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