Gold FFM Evotion Posted June 10, 2021 Gold FFM Report Share Posted June 10, 2021 On this forum, a community of mostly Lotus fans and keen old-school drivers the manual seems to be the most popular and most talked about when considering purchase. However, whilst reading Emira threads on Pistonheads the talk there is that Lotus is doing the right thing offering a DCT as THAT is what the mass market wants. They suspect, where the Emira is aimed, that most buyers will opt for a DCT as it is better in 80% of all journeys. Clearly, this does sound logical. Pistonheaders likely cover the fast German marques with DCTs and most manufacturers have moved to towards this with only die-hard fans opting for manual gearboxes. For me, this is a proper dilemma. My GTC is an auto and my last two runarounds were a Golf R and Audi RS3, both with a DCT box. They are great and on the latter two cars the paddles really add to the experience. The cars are faster too of course. So what really is the right gearbox? My Abarth is manual as have been most of my cars but am I stuck in a loop of nostalgia thinking manual N/A is the ONLY way forward? I will tell you what my big fear is now. I am looking to get one of each and the 4-cyl, we believe, is to ONLY be offered as DCT. Now, what if it turns out I much prefer the usability of the DCT and it epically suits the new car and I am then gutted the even better V6 is 'only' a manual. 5 years down the line, when I sell, which will have really proved the best and which will lead to greater residuals. Of the two, if both were available on both versions, which 'box would you actually get if you were only buying the one car? The 'kneejerk' reaction is to shout M A N U A L all day long... But... think hard about the car that the Emira will be and what might really suit you. Remember, you might have another fun manual car anyway and the Emira might be more GT than weekend toy. Quote If it has an engine, I am there to thrash it. My Emira Videos | Into Motorcycles? Motorcycle Channel Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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