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Old 11-01-2020, 09:04 AM   #40
Norm Peterson
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Originally Posted by SoCoNoHa View Post
Automated manual transmissions work differently than automatic transmissions. Automatics have torque converters while automated manuals have pressure plates and clutch discs, as stated.
I believe the AMT's still require driver input to shift, it's just not a physical linkage but instead a paddle/button/lever input to tell the computer to shift the trans.
The clutches are fully automated, but the real definition of an automated transmission is whether it can make its own gear choices. And automated gear selection is all it takes. Whether you as an individual ever use such automation is irrelevant, because it's still there if you wanted to use it.

Anyway, it has nothing to do with stigma.
Obviously you've never driven any of the earlier automatics. I'm talking about things like 1950's-era GM cars equipped with Hydra-Matics and cars with two-speed automatics whose 1st gear reduction was taller than 2nd or even 3rd gear these days. If you had, you'd have understood instantly.

Automatic transmission cars back then just sort of moseyed off the line when you stepped on the gas - which was fine if you were a doctor or a lawyer and were only interested in luxurious transportation, but which flat-out sucked if you were a performance driving enthusiast. At least for those of us who were there back then (and for some of the older members of the generation following ours), those associations stuck even as automatic transmissions gradually got better. Maybe you're better off for seeing automatic transmissions in a far more favorable light, maybe you're not.

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