The fairytale of the awful Porsche transmission
"The fairytale of the bad Porsche transmission" … that is how you could describe what so called insiders have reported about the installation of a Porsche transmission into a VW Bug since years. They talk about an installation that is almost impossible, about transmission that you can’t shift, about gearboxes which are extremely loud and so on…
The truth is that only a few people dared to approach the topic until now and only some handpicked specialists employ themselves at all with transmissions. The shiftability doesn't have anything to do with the transmission itself but instead the shift mechanism parts were sheared and frequently worn out. Transmissions were installed which tolerances were beyond good and evil. The sounds of these transmissions are not really noisier as those of the Bug gearboxes under the condition it is installed expertly. If a Bug transmission is mounted rigidly to the chassis... what more has to be said!
But let's speak clear text one more time: Who agrees today with being managed only on 4 gears in his everyday vehicle? Why should an easily 10.000 Euro expensive engine in a top restored car with nearly as much power as a sports car from Zuffenhausen reach its limit at a speed of 180 km/h? Why should fast trips always be restricted because the transmission has sheared gears? Why should highway trips become nerve deafening at a speed of 140 km/h, and make the engine sweat? Last but not least, why should more of that be used than necessary that originally could only be purchased at the drugstore and is today as expensive as if it came from there still (petrol)?
The solution to these problems is forced on the logical way of thinking. The answer is a 5 speed gearbox with long gear ratios, that can stand power and torque of modern tuned engines. And why make experiments with gearboxes that were never planned to stand power and torque of sports car engines?