Originally Posted by REK21
The shorter that awesome pause is, the faster the transmission is selecting a gear for you. Which in turn means the quicker you're putting power down to the pavement, which means you win the race.
You don't want that awesome pause, it's actually a quick moment when the car is not gaining any forward momentum.
With some cars and their auto trannys that probably is true but not with the Focus as the quickest 1/4 mile times so far have been recorded with the preffered choice of the auto rags which has bene the 5 speed. The DCT is still a good tranny but it seems it isn't quicker and has bugs that need to be sorted out as evident in many of the DCTs released.
I've driven a few DCTs and none impressed me and no matter how people try to say it's a manual it simply isn't and doesn't allow gear changes when the driver wants to as it acts like it knows better thus isn't a manual.