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Old 02-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by White out View Post
I drove a 991S with PDK and it was great. Still haven't driven a manual 991 to compare, but I see why people are moving away from manuals.
It's still one more separation between the driver and the mechanical operation of the car. It used to be that the controls of a car operated some mechanical device which then communicated back to you what was going on with the car. These days, the controls of the car become inputs to a computer, which then operates the mechanics of the car and decides what to feed back to you. The engineers and computers might do a great job of tricking you into thinking you are the one driving the car, but something is always lost in the transaction. There is something lost going from the cable throttle and hydraulic steering in my WRX to the electronic throttle and steering in my BRZ. Sure it is still a very communicative car, but the more you remove the mechanical elements of driving a car, the less involving it becomes and eventually you are just a passenger in a 4 wheeled robot. They might be able to program these transmissions to give you ultra fast shifts and throttle blips on downshifts, but at the end of the day you are still just pushing buttons on a computer, and not actually doing the driving.
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