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Re: Why a 7 speed gearbox...
Well, at least one of those articles said that there was plenty of low end power, negating the need for the 7 gears in that aspect.
However, my guess is that they went for 7 to get the most acceleration they could get out it to win the stop light war and provide the right gear at the right time in the turns.
However, the downside with this will mean more shifting in normal driving. At least that is one benefit of SMG in this case. I wonder how SMG will handle skipping gears?