As an owner of a 2008 Civic Si, I appreciate rowing through the gears of a manual transmission. The joy of snapping off perfect shifts on a winding road puts a smile on my face every time. The man-machine connection is so satisfying. And besides, automatic transmissions suck the fun out of driving, right?
This was true until recently. Automatics shifted slower, were less fuel efficient, cost more, and basically numbed the whole driving experience. If you were a true car enthusiast, you laughed at the thought of having an automatic transmission in your car. Why would you do that? Manual it was.
Now, enter the new generation of automatic transmissions; dual clutch transmissions.
Also, commonly called DCT, DSG, or twin clutch transmissions. It is a semi-automatic transmission described as two separate manual transmissions contained within one housing unit. There are two separate clutches, one on odd gears and the other on even gears, which accelerates shift time. Dual clutch transmissions usually operate in a fully automatic mode, but many allow the driver to manually shift gears.
Put into layman terms, it can shift seamlessly on its’ own in stop and go traffic, and changes gears faster than Micheal Schumacher without a hiccup, every time. I’m not finished. It also achieves better fuel economy than manual transmissions, and many DCT’s offer launch control.
Basically, launch control is a program within the transmission that allows you to launch the car from a stop perfectly. Never again, will you smoke the tires off or miss a shift. Once the program is enabled, the computer takes care of the rest. Press the brake pedal and floor the gas. The tach will rise to the optimum rpm range for the best launch, and once you release the brake, hang on! No spinning tires, no missed shifts, just perfect launches every time!
It’s no wonder many auto manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, BMW, Audi, VW, Nissan, and Mitsubishi now offer this type of transmission.
I thought I’d never say it, but automatic it is.
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