Twice As Nice Or Double The Trouble ?

Remember the Mitsubishi Mirage with Super-Shift ?

Besides the regular gear stick, it had an additional stick to select “Power” or “Economy” mode, effectively providing 8 Forward & 2 Reverse speeds (gear ratios, to be precise).   The idea was to endow the driver with optimum gearing ratios for a wider range of driving mood swings, from “garang” to “jimat”.

However in practice, to savor the sweet renderings from every one of the 8 ratios would require two hands to manipulate the two sticks at the same time !  So almost every driver would just choose either one of the two modes (Power or Economy) and then just left it there.

The 70s-80s was a decade of bold innovations by automakers.  But only a few worked.   In this case, Mitsubishi realized their Mirage was a mirage.

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