The thing keeping them out of higher HP cars has been torque handling. I think the one that Nissan uses on the VQ is the strongest one on the market ATM.
I think most of them have more of a metal/chain belt and cones that move as opposed to rubber belts. I prefer my DSG though for now...
Engines will definetly need to be optimized for this. Holding @ redline like that is a lot more stress than rowing through a few gears, oil flow, cooling, etc all need to be setup properly to keep the engines at the same reliability as a conventionally geared car. Some CVT'* have paddles to "shift" to a few preset places on the gearing, but kinda a gimmick IMO..
But I am glad car makers are looking at new transmission technologies, such as the sequentials in a lot of sportier cars, the DSG in my car, or the similar SST in the new EVO... In 5-10 years, torque converter transmissions wont be on most models i'm willing to venture.
'06 Vee Dub GTI 2 door Tornado Red
- 2.0 Turbocharged, Intercooled, Direct Injected, 6 Speed DSG, Underbody Aero, 17" Classix
- Moonroof, Bi-Xenon headlamps, Interlagos Plaid Sport Seats, 6 Disc In-dash, iPod integration, GTI Monster Mats (winter)
'93 Bonneville SE Purple Pearl H4U package - picked up June 23, 2003, Traded-in June 28, 2007...