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Old 07-27-2019, 05:43 PM   #1387
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People severely underestimate modern torque converters. There's a lot of high end cars from luxury to performance that have opted for the defacto zf 8hp for a reason and the Supra is no different. Slushboxes might have been shit twenty years+ ago but they've come a long way since then. If it's anything like the 86s AT which will lock up as soon as it's possible, even letting you lug the engine, then in practice it won't be different than a DCT in end result. The fluid coupling component would (should) be practically be nonexistent if you drove manually except at the lowest speeds.

I see nothing wrong with the choice to opt for the 8HP when Tada and his team previously used the 960E for the 86 considering the former is quite literally the best torque converting AT on the market. Add in reliability and wear considerations for most AT transmissions and it's no surprise Toyota opted for it. Even moreso when considering the Supra's beyond expectations performance. It's not only a testament to the transmission's engineering and design, but the transmission tuning itself. There's a good reason the AT 86 is also held in high regard amongst its owners, and as said earlier, I have no doubts the engineering team carried over their experience to the 8HP.

I highly doubt Toyota had any say in which AT they got. BMW has been using the 8HP line exclusively since ~2012. No way they’d spend effort on getting to know a new transmission and learn how to make it behave well behind the B58.

That saidi agree that the 8HP is a beast of an auto. BMW arguably tunes it the best too. It’s amazingly quick and crisp in their cars (depending on the drive mode). The same tranny in a Dodge Charger, ehhhh. Not great not terrible.
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I’ll second this. Everyone on the internet is hammering the c8 for having a DCT. The supra’s transmission is light years behind a dual clutch, yet it seems to get a pass?

I’ll never own a “performance” car with a torque converter. I can live with a DCT.
Thanks for being on my side, but I wouldn’t say the DCT is lightyears. The ZF8 is probably the best torque converter transmission, but I would still give some advantage to the dual clutch. Mazda says the torque converter can be made to be faster. Let’s just say it wasn’t one of my bigger points—more noteworthy.


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The 8HP is lightning quick., quicker than it has any right to be. With an aftermarket tune they can shift in 100ms. That’s as quick as the M3’s DCT.
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a non-LE just sold for $48k. surprised to see a dealer this early selling sightly below MSRP.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace...0563872509618/
Supposedly it went for over asking price. Several people have called the dealer to ask about the selling price, but they will not disclose it.
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I’ll second this. Everyone on the internet is hammering the c8 for having a DCT. The supra’s transmission is light years behind a dual clutch, yet it seems to get a pass?

I’ll never own a “performance” car with a torque converter. I can live with a DCT.
what are you talking about? everyone is shitting all over the Zupra because its auto only (& BMW motor and electronics).
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what are you talking about? everyone is shitting all over the Zupra because its auto only (& BMW motor and electronics).
Yep there are plenty of people bitching about the Supra being automatic. The obnoxious "Manual or die bruh," "Not a real car unless it has a manual," but then these are the same idiots going "Bro GTR is GOD!" "Nothing beats the GTR" "GTR is my dream car," seemingly not caring that it is automatic.
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Yep there are plenty of people bitching about the Supra being automatic. The obnoxious "Manual or die bruh," "Not a real car unless it has a manual," but then these are the same idiots going "Bro GTR is GOD!" "Nothing beats the GTR" "GTR is my dream car," seemingly not caring that it is automatic.
No, I’m just the former—the obnoxious manual or die bruh. GTRs are cool, but ehh for driver engagement. It is more like a video game, a numb experience, where you just hold on to the wheel and press the gas. Seeing a sports car without a stick and three pedals feels odd like the feeling of seeing one of these electric powered bicycles, scooters and skateboards, where people just sit or stand motionless while cruising down the road; it is an odd, unnatural sight.
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No, I’m just the former—the obnoxious manual or die bruh. GTRs are cool, but ehh for driver engagement. It is more like a video game, a numb experience, where you just hold on to the wheel and press the gas. Seeing a sports car without a stick and three pedals feels odd like the feeling of seeing one of these electric powered bicycles, scooters and skateboards, where people just sit or stand motionless while cruising down the road; it is an odd, unnatural sight.
And for people who just love the driving experience a manual gives you, I get that. I honestly never considered getting an automatic either, all of my cars have been manual, and I have no doubt I will miss it.

I'm just referring to all the idiots who think they are somehow superior to other owners who drive the same car as them but with just a different transmission. While at the same time constantly talking about how superior the GTR and NSX are to every other car and how it's their "Dream car" seemingly forgetting their own "manual or nothing" motto.
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And for people who just love the driving experience a manual gives you, I get that. I honestly never considered getting an automatic either, all of my cars have been manual, and I have no doubt I will miss it.

I'm just referring to all the idiots who think they are somehow superior to other owners who drive the same car as them but with just a different transmission. While at the same time constantly talking about how superior the GTR and NSX are to every other car and how it's their "Dream car" seemingly forgetting their own "manual or nothing" motto.
I get that, but also, for many cars, the automatics are numb experiences, especially if the car is a CVT like in the case of say a manual vs auto Subaru Crosstrek. In that sense, there is a clear superiority.

In the case of a supercar, those automatics are generally on a different level because they are DCTs, or because they are ones like the ZF 8HP, which have also been tuned to be responsive, and in the case of the GTR and NSX, these are cars that have highly advanced technology that underpins their drivetrain like torque vectoring/distribution. Could a manual exist in these cars? Yes, but they are designed around their technology, not around driver engagement. In fact, that is one of the many complaints of the current NSX over the first gen. So while I agree in the hypocrisy you described, the comparison isn't entirely apples to apples, and their rationale isn't entirely ridiculous. Someone can be a die hard supporter of the manual transmission, while still recognizing the technological achievement of a car like the GTR or NSX.
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As far as the C8 comparison, it is certainly a car that requires a hard look if it can actually deliver on a 60k pricetag. I'd consider it solely to bleed GM dry if you can roll off a dealer lot at 60k. That said, there's a few issues to consider:

1-The Supra is already available for 10-12k less even if GM keeps to the magic 60k figure which seems a bit dubious tbh. Though GM has basically come out saying they are gonna take a bath on the entry level vettes in not so few words. So we're actually talking almost a 25% cost differential. That said, 60k for what the C8 is offering is amazing value as it's going for the 911s and Italian stuff.

2-Handling. I love my MR layouts, but.....three problems here. First, the C8 is a big ass car lengthwise, so you got lots of polar stuff to worry about which is compounded with...second, long ass wheelbase. Therefore that turn in responsiveness and agility isn't going to be as good as the Supra. Yeah it improves on the C7, but what doesn't really. Third, it's going to be heavier than the Supra. 3400lbs for dry weight! So figure somewhere between 3500-3600lbs.

3-DCT-DCTs rock when done right, but there is a reason BMW and others have said they are abandoning it. They are bigger packages that weigh more than the latest quick shifting autos. That said, I don't want to take away from GM here for actually making progress on something for once.

4-I do think the C8 is overall a bit fugly. It's got more origami and angles on it than a Gundam. That interior layout is an eyesore and the quality still seems to be lacking though steadily improving over the C7.

5-Let's not pretend the C8 has cargo space like a proper hatch does. Even compared to the 86. You aren't taking anything home from Home Depot or IKEA in a C8.

I once made a point that for the price of a 911, you could get the Supra and an Alpine (outside the US). Well, now you can get a Supra and a C8 for the same money. Imagine seeing those two in your garage every night.
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As far as the C8 comparison, it is certainly a car that requires a hard look if it can actually deliver on a 60k pricetag. I'd consider it solely to bleed GM dry if you can roll off a dealer lot at 60k. That said, there's a few issues to consider:

2-Handling. I love my MR layouts, but.....three problems here. First, the C8 is a big ass car lengthwise, so you got lots of polar stuff to worry about which is compounded with...second, long ass wheelbase. Therefore that turn in responsiveness and agility isn't going to be as good as the Supra. Yeah it improves on the C7, but what doesn't really. Third, it's going to be heavier than the Supra. 3400lbs for dry weight! So figure somewhere between 3500-3600lbs.

4-I do think the C8 is overall a bit fugly. It's got more origami and angles on it than a Gundam. That interior layout is an eyesore and the quality still seems to be lacking though steadily improving over the C7.

5-Let's not pretend the C8 has cargo space like a proper hatch does. Even compared to the 86. You aren't taking anything home from Home Depot or IKEA in a C8.

6-I once made a point that for the price of a 911, you could get the Supra and an Alpine (outside the US). Well, now you can get a Supra and a C8 for the same money. Imagine seeing those two in your garage every night.
2. I have to disagree. The car is long, but the weight is inside the wheels. The wheelbase is like 0.5'' longer than the C7 at 107.2'' with a 5.4'' gain in length of 182.3''. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has the Nurburgring lap record, and it does it with, among other things, a wheelbase of 106.3'', a length of 188.2'' and a weight of 4,085lbs US wet. The GTR is 109.4'' and the Porsche 918 is 107.5''.

The weight will be on the rear, and the front end will be light, so the turn in on the C8 should be good, especially with the driver sitting so close to the front wheels. The engine is going to sit lower with the V8 and dry sump, and the body is wider; the Supra is 73'' and the Corvette is 76'', so the car should carry the extra weight really well for roll characteristics. I see no way the Supra has a chance of matching the Corvette in handling. I give points to the Supra for probably being more fun to drift or slide around.

4. I would put the C8 ahead of the BMW-interior of the Supra. While there is a slight cockpit feel for the Supra, it is really less exciting than the C8. Couple that with the fact that the C8 has a huge amount of factory options from seats to materials to colors, and the C8 is far ahead of the Supra.

5. The Supra has a narrow entrance to the hatch. While I do think it is possible that it is more practical than the C8 as a daily driver, let's not pretend that these cars will be the sole means of transportation for the family or for runs to Home Depot. Most people buying a two-seater, sports car will have another vehicle they or their family member owns. I am actually very impressed how much cargo space in on the C8, especially the size/depth of the trunk.

6. That is crazy when you put it that way, but that is true of the Carrera S; the base Carrera will probably be around $100k.
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People severely underestimate modern torque converters. There's a lot of high end cars from luxury to performance that have opted for the defacto zf 8hp for a reason and the Supra is no different. Slushboxes might have been shit twenty years+ ago but they've come a long way since then. If it's anything like the 86s AT which will lock up as soon as it's possible, even letting you lug the engine, then in practice it won't be different than a DCT in end result. The fluid coupling component would (should) be practically be nonexistent if you drove manually except at the lowest speeds.
Out of curiosity, what other sports cars use the 8HP transmission? I'm having a hard time thinking of any other than BMW Z4 and M4. (I don't consider sedans sports cars).
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2. I have to disagree. The car is long, but the weight is inside the wheels. The wheelbase is like 0.5'' longer than the C7 at 107.2'' with a 5.4'' gain in length of 182.3''. The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ has the Nurburgring lap record, and it does it with, among other things, a wheelbase of 106.3'', a length of 188.2'' and a weight of 4,085lbs US wet. The GTR is 109.4'' and the Porsche 918 is 107.5''.

The weight will be on the rear, and the front end will be light, so the turn in on the C8 should be good, especially with the driver sitting so close to the front wheels. The engine is going to sit lower with the V8 and dry sump, and the body is wider; the Supra is 73'' and the Corvette is 76'', so the car should carry the extra weight really well for roll characteristics. I see no way the Supra has a chance of matching the Corvette in handling. I give points to the Supra for probably being more fun to drift or slide around.

4. I would put the C8 ahead of the BMW-interior of the Supra. While there is a slight cockpit feel for the Supra, it is really less exciting than the C8. Couple that with the fact that the C8 has a huge amount of factory options from seats to materials to colors, and the C8 is far ahead of the Supra.

5. The Supra has a narrow entrance to the hatch. While I do think it is possible that it is more practical than the C8 as a daily driver, let's not pretend that these cars will be the sole means of transportation for the family or for runs to Home Depot. Most people buying a two-seater, sports car will have another vehicle they or their family member owns. I am actually very impressed how much cargo space in on the C8, especially the size/depth of the trunk.

6. That is crazy when you put it that way, but that is true of the Carrera S; the base Carrera will probably be around $100k.
You are talking about two completely different things wrt handling and speed. I specifically called out agility and nimbleness. That's what you get with the shorter wheelbase cars like the Cayman and Lotus and why the Supra uses the golden ratio formula. This is instantaneous responsiveness or that 'telepathic' sense of handling. You are talking about absolute mechanical grip which although helped by what you were talking about is largely a function of how much rubber you can squeeze under the wheel wells. In this case I'm talking daily driver satisfaction and handling enjoyment, you are talking about track times that most people will never bother seeking. The best test would be doing canyon runs or having Best Motoring do a Toge comparison of both. The point is, the Supra is simply better at rotating based on physics.

Also Nurburgring times are largely based on lots of straight line power and top speed much more so than handling or agility. I'd rather look at a streets of willow comparison or how each handles my morning traffic commute zipping thru traffic.

4-You might like the layout of the C8 more, but that has nothing to do with the quality of the materials and fit and finish. Look closer and you can see plenty of panel gaps, stray stitching and that old GM UI/touch interface screen. I'm pretty sure those plastic buttons still feel like something made by hasbro. It is getting better though.

5-The 86 has been my cargo carrier and hauler the last 6 years. /shrug
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Out of curiosity, what other sports cars use the 8HP transmission? I'm having a hard time thinking of any other than BMW Z4 and M4. (I don't consider sedans sports cars).
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZF_8HP...n#Applications

Just a few from this last that stand out: Jaguar F-Type, a bunch of Aston Martins (IIRC they went from an automated manual transmission to the 8HP in the middle of a Vanquish's generations, if that's any indication), both the Dodge Charger and Challenger.

Fun fact, the 86's 6AT weighs ~165lb, 8HP at 191lbs (wet weight).
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