Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Daily Turismo Goes Automatic

Let's face it, the manual transmission is dead.  All the internet pundits in the world who claim the manual is saved or going to be saved are just wrong.  Part of it is electrification/hybridizaton of the world's fleet, but also that new generation dual clutch transmissions are better in just about every way.  The way I see it, we (gearheads) have two choices, one is to fight and drive around in ancient jalopies wearing flying goggles and scarves, the other is to embrace the new generation of technology and make it our own.


Even guys like Don "Big Daddy" Garlits have gotten into the act and replaced stuff like the foot amputating Wynnscharger (it was an exploding clutch) with a safer and more modern electric dragster capable of 184 mph in the 1/4 mile.  That seems a bit extreme, so why not start out with a Chevy Spark that you can lease for $176/month.


Seriously, the 2015 Chevrolet Spark goes 0-60mph in 7 seconds, has 382 ft-lbs of torque and an 82 mile range.  With all kinds of gov't incentives the little front tire spinner (seriously, these things can do massive burn outs) will end up costing you less money per month than the gas bill on your normal car.

35 comments:

  1. *Chortle*

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/Afr0A6b.jpg?1[/img]

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  2. Embracing technology has always been a good thing......Except for said automatic in a BMW.

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  3. Robots love driving manuals.

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/XgeiC8G.jpg?1[/img]

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  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v2aYpMOn-8

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    1. Where you been, TRDsmith? Having a life or something? How dare you, sir.

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    2. I assure you, quite the contrary. My mother taught me to keep my mouth shut when I have nothing worthwhile to say.

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    3. A good policy, for sure. But I'm having a hard time believing you haven't had anything to say about any of the recent cars, challenges and whatnot lately. Nothing about the recently discussed 4Runner, turbo'd 'Rolla or any of the other scintillating conversations going on? What gives?

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    4. Camrolla and Toyota Forefather notwithstanding, just when you think you've seen it all, a clean 15-year old Cherokee Sport comes along...

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    5. I'm really just here for the Weird Al videos.

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    6. Directed at nobody in particular.

      If DT is really going to be fun, we've got to talk to each other. And it can't always be about arguing over specs, either. I know most people have forgotten to be curious and care what other people have experienced in their lives these days but that doesn't mean we have to be like everybody else. I know I'm going to do my damnedest not to be like that.

      And lordy lordy, you might learn something interesting.

      For example, I started talking to a woman the other day who turned out to be a fellow author. We had a smashing conversation about the frustrations involved nowadays in such endeavors. Made me feel better about what I've experienced and that I wasn't the only one frustrated with the situation.

      Another guy I started conversing with turned out to be a 'Nam vet who'd been a tunnel rat. Those were some nightmarish stories he had! Fascinating in a horrific way. We're talking movie-type stuff. Rambo who?

      If you don't try and connect with people in this world (again, this is not directed at you in particular TRDsmith), this world is gonna suuuuuuuuck. We're all going to die alone, lonely and stupid.

      People are interesting and they have stories to tell. Ask a question about a new acquaintance. It won't kill you.

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    7. "Social media", my a$$.

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    8. Your two comments above, TRDsmith...that's GOOD STUFF. That means you're a thinking person that's aware of their (albeit DT) surroundings. We need less zombies and more people like you! Stop lurking, d@mmit!

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    9. You run into fellow authors in the damndest places...

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    10. Very true! Are you an author, EmmyJ?

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    11. I also think there ought to be a law that every statement must be followed by a question and that no sentence can begin with the word "No".

      Being a hardcore gearhead is problematic. It can easily become projectile diarrhea/grotesque ego massage. But with practice and a lot of work, that seriously horrific issue can be overcome. But the gearhead has to want to do it; they have to want to live outside of their own tiny universe. Most don't and they're content being stuck looking at their own reflections, growing dumber by the moment.

      That isn't for me. It makes me nauseous.

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    12. No, I think you hit the nail on the head K2. I don't hang out with other gearheads or do ride-ins, car clubs, meets or whatever because I can't stand know-it-all car guys. So here I am with my reflection. My ears perk up when people start talking cars but I never chime in, because it leads to horribleness. On top of that when people do discover my, eh, abilities(?), they ask me advice on cars, then promptly dismiss it. This site does seem to be a haven for the time being.

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    13. Thanks for your feedback, Eloquaint. Your observations are spot on. Who would want to talk to a bunch of ego maniacs, regardless of the subject.

      It's up to us if we want our enthusiasm for cars to live on or die out in competition with social media, smartphones and the rest of our ADD existence. It's darn hard not to be a jerk when you're hardcore into something like cars, but it seems to me worth the effort to try not to alienate anybody.

      It's funny because every gearhead's obsession (no matter the level and experience) starts with a spark of interest. If that spark is nurtured into a passion, it can be a truly wonderful thing. But it can't get out of control. There's a phrase that has something to do with what I do for a living but can be applied here; keep what you know secret, like a jewel in the pocket. Only bring it out when necessary and when it can be used (shared, in this case) for a good purpose.

      We should be constantly conscious of this and encourage our gearhead brothers and sisters in their process, whatever that may be. I hope we hear more from you, Eloquaint (cool username, btw). I have the feeling you have lots of interesting things to add.

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    14. That might be an interesting article, El Jefe; etiquette rules for the rabid car enthusiast!

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/pxKrdM1.jpg?1[/img]

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    15. So take heart all you DT lurkers; I will be your defender against any fellow DTers that start to get all up in yer bidness just because you don't know every tiny detail about the Acme Rocket Cabriolet 52 X Peewee Herman Edition from 1978.5! Speak up and BE HEARD! Or is that become part of the herd...I don't know. Just do it!

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/nWw3n9J.jpg?1[/img]

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  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZkouut-9RQ

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    1. Classic! Weird Al all the way. Thanks K2MC.

      On a related subject, did you see his excellent parody of Blurred Lines last year?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc

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    2. That's freakin' brilliant! I had not seen that. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Ummmm...... NO.

    To paraphrase the NRA, you will have to pry the gearstick out of my cold dead hands.

    Back in the 1970s (IIRC) Road and Track published a fiction piece, whose title escapes me for the moment. It was set in the future, and described a car enthusiast driving his beloved classic (maybe an MGB). But the road system had been transformed into the realm of automated and autonomous vehicles. He had therefore been declared an enemy of public safety.

    At the time, we laughed about it, but not so much these days.

    I am of an age where I won't need too many more daily drivers before I check out, but I intend to do whatever I can to avoid and evade the march of "progress". No autonomous vehicles, no CVTs, and hopefully still employing the miracle of internal combustion. I know my choices will become more limited with each passing year. Shift Free or Die.

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    1. Looks about right to me. What about you, Bobinott? Seem like a great way to go?

      [img]http://i.imgur.com/BPLO24Z.jpg?1[/img]

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    2. To quote James Taylor:

      "When I die I don't want no coffin
      I've thought about it all too often
      Just strap me in behind the wheel
      and bury me with my automobile"

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    3. Nice quote, Bobinott! I never was a James Taylor fan, though I actually really liked him in Two-Lane Blacktop. It's funny how many people have actually been buried in their cars (intentionally, that is).

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  7. Spark EV - think this kinda says it

    Really nice powertrain in a vehicle that's just nasty inside and out.

    Fiat 500e is more pleasant to live with otherwise if you can get by without the rear doors.

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  8. What a fun "holiday" this is - no craziness, no presents, nothing to freak out about. Just fun. Happy April Fools' Day everyone!

    [img]http://i.imgur.com/04gF4wl.jpg?1[/img]

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    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juFZh92MUOY

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  10. I sure hope somebody else has seen this before.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-iNbHhbfcE

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    1. That's funny, despite the lame text. That I could have lived without. In fact, it's stupid. I'd recommend starting at :30 - the actually video is brilliant!

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    2. I really like the fake Enzo Ferrari quote.

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