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Old 10-21-2020, 12:07 PM   #31
Norm Peterson
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Originally Posted by car_freak85 View Post
I'll disagree and say that, yes, the shifting has been automated, but an AMT still uses a friction plate(s), a pressure plate(s) and gears with synchronizers, hallmarks of a traditional MT.

Call it what it is; an AMT, not an AT.

In my industry, we have to make this distinction between traditional MTs, traditional ATs, and MTs that shift on their own.
Seems to me that as soon as you add the word 'automated' to 'manual transmission', what you now have is by definition closer to an automatic transmission than to a manual transmission. It's automated by direct statement, which = automatic.

I get that there may still be a little stigma as far as the term 'automatic transmission' is concerned. But the mere fact that these AMTs can fully operate as ATs still makes them automatics in actual automated usage, where the name officially given to it is completely irrelevant. The use of semantics to argue that an AMT isn't at its logical heart an AT here means no more than whether or not your WRX / STi displays all of its OE badging. The way it works is what matters.

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