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Aventador LP700-4
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 3:31:44 PM
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Don't get us wrong; we're really happy that Toyota is using the B58+ZF8 combo. Sure, a manual would have been impressive, but the Japanese engineers could have easily messed up the automatic gearbox. But the people who like 1,000 horsepower Supras drag-racing supercars won't like the 2019 model very much. You lose some, you win some!

Does it mean Toyota engineers could make this gearbox to run with error? Or does it mean they could manipulate it?

Source:
https://www.autoevolution.com/news/toyota-supra-leaked-specs-340-hp-and-8-speed-auto-just-like-z4-123458.html
thar
Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 3:58:43 PM

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No, the engineers could mess up when they were designing the gearbox


Tfd
Quote:
mess up
1. To botch; bungle: messed up the entire project.


Ie they could have made a badly-designed automatic gearbox.
This is debating the relative merits of manual and automatic gearboxes for a high-performance car.
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On the plus side - the engineers haven't messed it up and designed it badly (they could have, but they didn't)
So it is good, for an automatic gearbox.


On the minus side - it is automatic, not manual, so that is never going to be as good, for some people.
Judging by the tone of the piece, that includes the writer. Whistle
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Posted: Tuesday, February 13, 2018 4:41:58 PM
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Thanks for your quick answer!
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