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Old 11-14-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by HipToBeSquare View Post
Because a torquey v8 with a 6000 RPM rev band needs more gear intervals... yeah, right.
They're launching a new model that will probably be around until 2020. 6-speed autos will seem antiquated long before that. Don't underestimate the performance and fuel economy benefits of a modern 8-speed.

2012 BMW 328i 8AT (240 hp/255 lb-ft)
0-60 mph in 5.5 sec
14.1 @ 98 mph
23/33 mpg

2013 Cadillac ATS 2.0T (272 hp/260 lb-ft)
0-60 mph in 6.0 sec
14.4 @ 97 mph
20/30 mpg

2013 Cadillac ATS 3.6 (321 hp/275 lb-ft)
0-60 mph in 5.5 sec
14.0 @ 102 mph
19/28 mpg

The 328i probably puts out closer to 270 hp in the real world, but it's pretty obvious that the ATS would benefit from a better transmission.
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