And the paddle shifter are just glorified shifters. Paddle shifters work best with a dual clutch. They are a gimmick for tranny's with toque converters, and don't work on a pure manualThere isn't a torque convertor on a manual transmission, in the Abarth.
I have paddle shifter, on 2 other automatic/and a semi automatic cars. They don't have dual clutches.
Why compare an Abarth to a much larger car that will likely cost about 40-50% more? I do agree that the Beetle R is mighty enticing, however.After reading the above article (disappointing) and going to the LA Auto Show I think the VW Beetle R will be the one to beat.
Not really a surprise. The Abarth has a 5-spd in Europe for the same reason. No room. I think it'll drive fine since it has a broad torque band but not having a 6-spd will hurt marketing a little. However, I don't think it'll be a deal-breaker for most.It actually comes with a 5 speed manual. All of
Abarths compeitors comes with a 6 speed. Would have been nice.