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I hit a site the other day on the spec's for the european STI and I noticed that their shifter had a ring under the knob itself that you need to pull up in order to shift into reverse.

Do you think that the U.S. version will keep this feature, or will they do away with it
 

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If we get that tranny, yes we will have that feature...

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Can someone explain the purpose for the ring? I mean I would assume its so u dont accidentally shift into reverse. But then again if youve ever tried it its physically impossible to shift into reverse while driving, it just cant be done by the tranny.

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The ring has to lifted up to engage reverse gear. The new 6 speed box has 6th gear where the old reverse used to be.
 

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So what is the pattern of the gears? Is it a normal 6 speed? like seen below. Or is it something different?

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my bad, i meant to put that. It almost seems as if that ring is to keep from accidentally hitting reverse. I would imagine thats kinda rare to see.
 

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Yes, I don't quite understand this either, especially with the 6-speed configuration. It would make sense to me with a 5-speed transmission but how could you shift into accidently shift into reverse with the 6-speed config?
 

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you would have to do some serious forcing with gears a grinding to shift into reverse while driving wether a 5 or 6 speed car. But once you got it into reverse youd see nothing but smoke and sparks and then be crying cause ya gotta buy a new transmission :razz:
 

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I'm not sure if it's a safety feature or not because european VW's you have to push down on the shifter to move it into reverse.
 

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It would be kinda neat to have. Although really like i said i see no point. I think also the european porsches have it as well.
 

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It just protects Subaru from idiots - that way no one say "Well it went into reverse when I tried grabbing 6th." Thank the lawyers in the US for that one.

Personally, I think it's kinda cool anyway.
 
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