The Mazdaspeed 3 has TWO final drive ratios.

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    i guess there's an electronically switching gear in the transaxle.
     
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    the transmission has two counter-shafts, changes the effective final drive depending on gear....Focus SVT and Mini Cooper S have this as well.
     
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    What is the advantage to this over taller gears like Deus said?
     
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    Yes, I am quite interested to understand this.

    Also, I thought the final-drive was the gear ratio between the output shaft and the differential, not the gear ratio between the intermediate shaft(s) and the output shaft. So what's the gear ratio between the output shaft and the differential called?
     
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    The only thing I can guess would be a more compact transmission, less parasitic drag because you can use smaller gears, etc...
     

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