“Power is adequate and the five-speed automatic transmission has an easy-to-use "manumatic" shifting option.”
“To satisfy the latter craving, BMW provides a very potent V-8, a 4.8-liter unit good for 360 hp, mated to a six-speed "manumatic" gearbox called the SMG sequential manual gearbox.”
“About 1984, I drove a 1969 VW Beetle that had something like a manumatic transmission — no clutch pedal, but you had a traditional stick shift and had to shift up through the gears only three forward gears.”
“Toss the car about with more abandon, tip the throttle deeper toward the floor, manually shift through the six forward gears with the manumatic shifter, and the GS wakes up to its true calling, chasing down 60 mph in 5.7 seconds, accelerating absolutely cleanly but not numbly, and telling your rump just where the car is positioned on the pavement mid-turn.”
“The eight speeds in the transmission are more than the seven in the Mercedes CLS and worked well even in manumatic mode in the tester; I shifted from gear to gear on my own, without needing to use a clutch pedal.”
“The automatic doubled as a manumatic, so I manually shifted through forward gears when I wanted to tinker with upshifts.”
“Automatic transmissions will continue to add more gears, like the 9-speed Chrysler is developing, while more cars will switch to "manumatic," or clutchless manuals.”
“With a peppy V-6, manumatic gearbox, and AWD handling, this TL could certainly have BMW shoppers thinking twice about the 3 series”
“There's no manumatic function in the Crosstour-either in terms of steering-wheel paddles or a separate shift gate-so it's apparent Honda isn't counting on buyers being hotfoots or picking the Crosstour as a substitute for, say, an”
“By "safe" I mean solid and meaty, and AWD would be nice too (we live in eastern Massachusetts); by "fun to drive" I mean quick and with a manual transmission, or at least a manumatic.”
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