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Old 04-26-2011, 03:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just test drove a demo SHO last weekend. Really nice, and really impressed how far they've come (previously owned gen1 and gen3 taurus', now own gen4).

The major lacking feature tho in the SHO was the manual gearbox. Since the SHO name and SVT department aren't going anywhere, I was wondering if anyone else on here wanted or knew if manual gearboxes would be an option at any point?

personally, I hated the flappy paddle shifters, especially the way that neither one is a true + or true -. Pull forward for +, push back for -
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Old 04-26-2011, 05:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally, I'm waiting for a 4 cyl. Tec Ecoboost Fusion, probably see neither of 'em...
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Unfortunately the market for a manual is too small to support development cost for a manual transmission. Some of the new automatics will shift quicker than a manual and perform rev matched downshift smoother than most drivers.

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Paddle shifters are a "Toy"... A tuned 6 spd Auto will surprise you! Look at what a 5,000 lb EB Wagon can do, and I have front wheel traction issues. Waiting to run my Brick when its cold, with my new Nitto front Drag Slicks!
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Bob is right, you won't see a manual transmission in the SHO. The paddle shifters are more of a novelty then serious performance. We have discovered that a tuned (livernois) improves shifting and works best leaving the car in drive. Car shifts faster and firmer then using paddle shifters.
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The new Gen SHO's are pretty phenominal..... for me personally, it is my 1st FMC product I've owned.

The inclusion of an entire slew of creature features, overall design, performance, etc etc kept forcing me back to the showroom and saying "buy me, buy me, buy me".

IMHO it is far more advanced than a lot of other competing products out there at similiar price points.

As far as the manual gearbox(es) I'm pretty confident they won't be making a comeback, at all.

As others have chimed in before me, there just isn't enough volume or demand for them across the board to even invest the time or effort into using them any longer.

Those goofy paddle shifters are a novelty at best. I liked them at 1st, as they provided me with the "feel" of a manual trans, but I so missed mashing that clutch down (as most of my cars i've owned over the years were manual).

But truth be told, I've had a much greater experience just leaving my SHO in Auto mode and relying on the custom tune from LMS to handle the rest.

It seems to me that the shift points and actual transitions between gears are much better than even I can attempt performing by mimicking the manual mode with those paddle shifters.

I suppose the best way for me to sum it up is say that much like the V8's are quickly becoming a dying breed, so soon will be the manual trannies altogether.

Some of us (including me and you) aren't happy about it from the sounds of it, but hey wth, it is what is...... change is inevitable.

Either roll with it, or get left behind.
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If it goes fast, handles well, and looks good, I'm personally not that picky about the details of how. Plus, actually getting decent fuel economy from any performance car is just gravy on top.
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With the low production numbers of the SHO, and the fact that Ford does not have an awd manual trans in production, and the fact that less than 7% of cars sold in the US are manual, no we will not see a manual trans in the SHO. But I was wrong in predicting that the Infiniti G37 awd would not get a manual, do who knows.
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I am still giddy that Ford actually came out with a sedan that had gutz! Had been a lot of years. And to do it in the Flex too!

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