It took me a few years of owning this car, but I think I finally understand *Why* this car is so awesome on the highway.
Throttle Response. The throttle response on this car on the highway is fantastic. Superior to anything else I've driven. And I think I finally understand why:
- 4th gear is 1:1. No overdrive.
- Which means at highway speeds, you are always on cam. Never off cam.
- Natural Aspiration - no intake piping to pressurize as in a turbocharged car.
- Big torque - v8
- And --- something I never thought of until today - NO LOCKUP TORQUE CONVERTER. No locking function means not having the wait for the transmission to unlock. Press the gas, and you get more revs. Engine already on cam. With big torque.
I never thought about the non-locking torque converter until today.