Originally Posted by Higuma
For what it's worth to the argument the new CVT in the 2.0 GT defaults to a 8 speed automatic gearbox when put in S# mode...
Yes but those are preset ratios not actual gears. Maybe you could enlighten us on how the transitions are in both auto and manual shift modes?
My 2012 Impreza has the six preset ratios when you shift it into manual mode and the transitions are slow and smooth at best not like a traditional auto in manual mode. It's also a little rev laggy (revs continue high like you're letting the clutch slip too much) which makes it feel a little too bleh for my taste.
I'm not doubting where CVT technology COULD go but for the foreseeable future I would not get my hopes up for big power, spirited driving use out of any CVT.