Video: Machines With "mechanics" That You Did Not Know About
The speed and selectivity of modern "automatic machines" and "robots" with two clutches have already negated the former advantages of a manual transmission - efficiency and convenience of traction control. Today "mechanics" are just a way to make a car cheaper or a fetish for a sophisticated driver. And - a little romance. We rummaged through the archives and remembered 12 unexpected cars that had (or still have) a manual transmission.
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The brutal American SUV Hummer H3 was equipped with one of two engines - a 3.5-liter inline "five" (after restyling - 3.7-liter), as well as a 5.3-liter V8. And if the flagship 8-cylinder version came with a four-speed automatic transmission by default, then for the engine, the five-speed "mechanics" Aisin AR5 was a simpler base.
Perhaps the most obvious of the non-obvious cars with "mechanics". The previous two generations of the Bavarian sports sedan on the American market were indeed offered with a manual transmission from the 550i versions, and this, believe me, does not go against the logic - Americans love sports cars on the "handle"!
The first Volkswagen Touareg also had a five-cylinder engine - a 2.5-liter turbodiesel. And just a manual transmission was offered for him. And at the same time - for the 3.0-liter TDI V6.
While it is not difficult to imagine modern BMW 3 Series and Audi A4 with a manual gearbox, it is not so clear with the C-class in the back of the W205. If only because the joystick of the automatic transmission of the "tseshka", like most of the "Mercedes" of the XXI century, is attached to the steering column. However, the prudent Germans have foreseen everything - do you think the huge box on the center console of the C-class just like that? Nope! If necessary, the "pen" so dear to some fits elegantly into it.
On the Porsche Cayenne, the manual transmission lasted much longer than on the soplatform Touareg - in fact, only the last generation of the crossover remained without the "handle".
If in Russia they offered a manual transmission for Mazda6 or, say, ToyotCamry, then most likely it would only go to the cheapest configurations, where you would have to pay extra for alloy wheels and painted bumpers. But in the case of the American HondAccord, presented a couple of years ago, this is not at all the case - the "mechanics" are available here for both petrol versions (1.5 and 2 liters supercharged) and its presence does not require any compromises in comfort!
There was such a car for the domestic American market. No sports ambitions. From a premium American brand. And with a manual transmission. The paradox happened for the simple reason that the Lincoln LS is built on the DEW98 rear-wheel drive platform, which formed the basis for the Jaguar S-Type - and Jaguars with a manual transmission were not a rarity at that time (they were just a rarity).
By the way, about "Jaguars" - among them there are much more "mechanical" models than it might seem at first glance. For example, before restyling, the F-type sports roadster / coupe could be purchased with a manual transmission in the basic version and in the S version, but after the update this option was removed - the demand turned out to be negligible.
Just imagine the paradox of the situation: in 2001, BMW launches a new BMW 7, which not only looks very strange, but also does not offer a “mechanic” even for the most modest versions. A year later, the Volkswagen Phaeton executive sedan appears, which is not only more monumental in appearance, but also - tadam! - can be equipped with a "handle".
The first generation of Panamers and Panamers could be purchased with "mechanics"! An interesting option only extended to gasoline and rear-wheel drive cars and was only available in a few markets. Already after the 2013 restyling, this adventure was abandoned - there were too few real "athletes" among Panamer's clients.
Aston martin vanquish
Typically, a manual transmission is either standard on the model, or is a free option. But not in the case of the original Aston Martin Vanquish - in order to get the coveted "handle", Vanquish owners had to pay extra 15 569 pounds sterling and for some time give their new car to a special division of Aston Martin called Work Service!
Exclusive exclusive. There are only five such cars in the whole world, which were made by the Ferrari Tailor Made division on special order. It is known that one such Californi went to the UK, the other to New Zealand.