I can appreciate driving a "driver's" car.. I've had 'em in the past. It's fun driving a car that can outhandle others. But what makes me more interested in the soft-riders is the fact that, well, I'm guessing about 99.9% of drivers will even drive their cars like "The Transporter" or James Bond... So what's the use? I'd rather enjoy the amenities that I can appreciate 100% of the time than those that I can't (without getting a ticket).
Don't get me wrong I like my amenities. I want heated and cooled massaging seats, because I like having my rear toasted on a cold winter day, I like having it cooled on a hot summer day, and massaged after a long day. I can actually use and appreciate those features.
But an 8spd transmission is something that isn't going to benefit me in any real way, other than me being able to brag about it.
Lexus claims that the 8 speed transmission is beneficial with the new engine but I agree it's probably not something very important.
^^ Agree. If the tranny can't keep the rpms at less than 1200 at 80 mph, then they are not utilizing all those gears anyway.
My ESC is at 2000 rpms at 80, and this car has twice as many gears!
It's not just about the number of gears for bragging rights, think about it this way. Would Lexus do something just for bragging rights? Probably not, after all, it's Lexus. There's a reason this thing will be able to get at least 25 mpg on the highway, probably more. The Lexus might not NEED 8 speeds, but if it keeps the engine at that perfect rpm at the perfect time for great performance and great mileage, it's the perfect feature.
The New LS is raising the bar to unprecedented levels. They have a model that parallel parks it self!
Plus they will be offering a hybrid model - The LS 460h L which will have 12cyl. performance ( 460 HP ) with 8cyl. fuel economy.... AWD at that.
My small write up and pics on my web page:
Maddox Computer Systems - Low Scola - Automotive
Btw, it runs an 8spd transmission for better acceleration through 1st through 3rd and 4th through 8th are for economy. It is said that this 8spd transmission has less moving parts and is 10% lighter than its 6spd predecessor. Maybe Cadillac should think ahead a little bit more and they'd be much farther along in the market place.
If thats true then I guess the guys hating on the 8 speed would be eating their words.Quote:
It is said that this 8spd transmission has less moving parts and is 10% lighter than its 6spd predecessor.
The Lexus LS 460L WILL be the Fleetwood Brougham of Lexus.. This is why I created that "Cadillac/second rate" post. Cadillac needs to start thinking on their toes and being the first to do this and that or they're going to be looking up to cars that people consider boring...