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Old 08-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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DCT? Why?

Can someone tell me why a DCT is better than a regular AT?
I honestly don't get it.


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Old 08-10-2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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Better fuel economy, faster shifting, no loss of torque when shifting, no parasitic loss of power from engine to wheels. They are also much better at staying within the power band of an engine than an automatic. Think manual transmission with no third pedal. The third pedal is a mechatronic unit in the transmission.
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I see. Thanks.
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Here's a bit dated but still good video showing the operation/function of VW's DSG.

http://www.motorauthority.com/news/1...gens-dsg-works
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That and you don't have to spin up a torque converter. Torque converters work on centrifugal force. Think of it as an enclosed fan with fluid around it. The fan spins, and once the speed and the force of the fin spinning the fluid is enough it will push the transmission the fins will push the transmission. The transmission and engine are not directly connected, but since like the late 70's the electric lock-up torque converter offered a way to get back some of that power by creating a solid connection between the engine and transmission once the load was mostly equalized between the two.
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:40 PM   #6
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The implementation in the 2012 FF isn't as good as it could be and I hope they can make additional improvements. Mind you, I think the current software makes it pretty much equal to a torque converter auto most of the time and is therefore sometimes called a slush box. My late year FF Titanium (build date 5/7/12) has no transmission noise, has no jerky problems and feels pretty good.

Though I highly doubt they'll offer this they could add a menu option to permit switching between three different modes: economy, normal and performance. And, if they optimized the operation for these three modes I could see improvements in mileage in economy mode and performance in performance mode.

But, as it is I prefer it to a traditional auto...


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