Are manual transmissions slowly disappearing from future supercars?

Lamborghini Aventador

A notable industry professional has some evidence that points the future of supercars towards strictly automatic transmissions.

Automotive transmissions chief for Oerlikon Graziano, Paolo Mantelli has quite a resume. He assisted in the creation of transmissions that are lighter, faster and smaller, that still shift smoother than before. The brands transmission is what shifts the Lamborghini Aventador, at -700-hp and a 0-60 time of less than 3 seconds, through its gears.

Mantalleni has seen a change in the requests he is receiving, saying “There will always be a market for manuals in Europe as long as legislation allows them, but it is interesting that we are now being asked to design AMTs [automated manual transmissions] that don’t have a manual option.”

If that doesn’t raise an eyebrow, he continues on “The need for a manual option is disappearing at the supercar end of the market, where we have recently introduced three new transmissions for vehicles that do not have a manual option…It is inevitable that this philosophy will be increasingly reflected in lower cost segments.”

Automatic transmissions have always won out in consistency, and have been improved for speed and fluidity throughout the years, without question. It is more of an experience, a level of control, and a powerful feeling when driving a manual. One I would personally be saddened to see go. Readers, am I alone, here? What are your thoughts on a vehicular world without clutches and shift knobs?

– By: Alexandra Koken

Source: JustAuto (via WCF)