WTF is it with these small Euro car companies?
Pagani: "We are letting you know that we are able to upgrade your slower manual gearbox for a new automated paddle system for a minimal charge. We are sure you will be happy with the improved performance."
Me: "No. Do not replace the manual gearbox, I do not want to exchange it for a newer unit. I want the original in the car."
Pagani: "I have talked with our service director and he said we can do the upgrade for no additional charge. I am sure you will be happy with the improvement." (Koenigsegg did that too.)
Me: "NO! Do NOT exchange gearboxes. LEAVE THE ORIGINAL WITH THE CAR
, I do not want an automated transmission in that car!"
Pagani: "Sir, this is a free upgrade, surely that is preferable to the way it is now. We cannot continue with the performance improvements you want unless we upgrade the gearbox and differential. So it is necessary."
Me: "No, do not replace the gearbox, if that means you cannot perform the upgrades then that is fine. Leave the original in the car
. If this will be a problem we will personally go to the factory to discuss the matter."
*one day goes by*
Pagani: "Good news, sir. Our engineers say they can use the existing gearbox with only minor changes, so we can proceed with the engine upgrades."
[that's what I thought...]
See, my theory is that they no longer have any of the AMG single-clutch manual transmissions, they aren't being built anymore due to regulations, but they have other customers who want them and are willing to pay a fortune. So they'll do almost anything to lay their hands on one. Sneaky buggers.