Nissan Z: 400hp, $40k, manual

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Fenixgoon

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Cars are ultimately cars, even sports cars. I think shifting to a high revving gear should really be just for achieving a particular speed. Once you get there, then there is no need to over rev the engine. If I want to get to 100mph quickly, I will, but I wont keep the car in the wrong gear because I know thats silly.
You are not understanding why sports cars have high-revving engines, generally.

1) maximize power output
2) keep engine in the peak power band when racing
 
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FelixDeCat

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You are not understanding why sports cars have high-revving engines, generally.

1) maximize power output
2) keep engine in the peak power band when racing
That's true. And if you and I were racing head to head that is what I would do to beat you.

But if I'm just going to pick up groceries.....2k or less RPMs is where I want to be once I'm going max speed.

I dunno, maybe I've just gotten used to low rpm movement.
 

Fenixgoon

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That's true. And if you and I were racing head to head that is what I would do to beat you.

But if I'm just going to pick up groceries.....2k or less RPMs is where I want to be once I'm going max speed.

I dunno, maybe I've just gotten used to low rpm movement.
I think this is it 😛 And for anything remotely "daily" I agree 100%!

I will never forget riding my Ninja1000 street bike on a racetrack and then riding my friend's R6.

The Ninja was tuned for mid-range torque, so you could sit at 6000rpm in 6th gear, go full throttle, and pull away no problem. So I was lazy as hell riding it, even on a track (it actually had a pretty anemic top end starting at 8500-9000rpm).

I hop on the R6, and first thing is the throttle is so sensitive that any slight change in hand position will rev the engine up or down, and I can feel the bike pitching front and back as the engine winds up. Feeling like quite the idiot because I never had that issue on the Ninja.
Then I hit the main straight - where I'm happily at 6000rpm - and hit the gas. And NOTHING. 7000...8000....9000...10-11-12-13-14-15 holyyyy!

Tuned totally for high-end power 😂😂 I remember Yamaha marketing the R6 as a great street bike, but now they've moved to triples for a good blend of low-end torque and high-end power.
 
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pauldun170

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Like the looks. Like the idea of owning one. 40k seems like solid pricing for poverty spec.
However, as far I'm concerned, this is a 50K car. I wouldn't get it unless is had the LSD and the only way to get that is with the performance package.
Based on the reported performance, 50K is an appropriate price. My guess, is that the only cars on lots are going to be proto spec cars with major markups


(However, for that amount of coin, I would more likely be at the VW placing my order of Mk8 Golf R 6spd instead.)
 

zinfamous

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Cars are ultimately cars, even sports cars. I think shifting to a high revving gear should really be just for achieving a particular speed. Once you get there, then there is no need to over rev the engine. If I want to get to 100mph quickly, I will, but I wont keep the car in the wrong gear because I know thats silly.
you don't know how the powerband works?

again, you haven't driven sports cars and so don't know why they are made to do what they do.
 

zinfamous

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Like the looks. Like the idea of owning one. 40k seems like solid pricing for poverty spec.
However, as far I'm concerned, this is a 50K car. I wouldn't get it unless is had the LSD and the only way to get that is with the performance package.
Based on the reported performance, 50K is an appropriate price. My guess, is that the only cars on lots are going to be proto spec cars with major markups


(However, for that amount of coin, I would more likely be at the VW placing my order of Mk8 Golf R 6spd instead.)
'twas said that the proto are already sold out, before they were made...so yeah, some will be on lots, but like @AdamK47 and his R8, they will all have been sold before they arrive...while the dealers still take offers from chubs that just want to hang out at the dealership for some insane reason.
 

Kaido

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what does that mean--like, only transmissions for electric motors? ...I can't think of a single-geared automatic transmission ever fit to a gas or hybrid car?

and I mean performance-wise, there's no way that any manual transmission out there can beat the best of the DSGs.
No, nothing to do with EV's, as they're just single-speed anyway like the Tesla. My Renegade was a 9-speed auto (absolutely hated that transmission!) & I've rented 8-speeds & driven 10-speeds (ex. Ford's 10-speed Mustang) and I personally don't care for any of them, other than the Kia Stinger 8-speed, which is actually the nicest one I've personally driven. Those are all separate from like 7-speed DCT's etc.
 

zinfamous

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No, nothing to do with EV's, as they're just single-speed anyway like the Tesla. My Renegade was a 9-speed auto (absolutely hated that transmission!) & I've rented 8-speeds & driven 10-speeds (ex. Ford's 10-speed Mustang) and I personally don't care for any of them, other than the Kia Stinger 8-speed, which is actually the nicest one I've personally driven. Those are all separate from like 7-speed DCT's etc.
I guess I didn't understand what you meant by "multispeed auto," because I thought that all automatic transmissions have always been "multispeed." ...I just assumed you meant to say that you hate automatic transmissions, hah. Or rather some specific type.
 

Kaido

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I guess I didn't understand what you meant by "multispeed auto," because I thought that all automatic transmissions have always been "multispeed." ...I just assumed you meant to say that you hate automatic transmissions, hah. Or rather some specific type.
I should have clarified over the standard 5/6-speed automatics haha. Now they have 7, 8, 9, 10, etc. Awhile back they were working on 11-speed triple-clutch automatics, dunno if that ever went anywhere:

 

pauldun170

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'twas said that the proto are already sold out, before they were made...so yeah, some will be on lots, but like @AdamK47 and his R8, they will all have been sold before they arrive...while the dealers still take offers from chubs that just want to hang out at the dealership for some insane reason.
Hanging out a Nissan dealership (shudders).
 

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