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I've heard the European spec Foci with the wet clutch can handle more torque. Does anyone know how much exactly? Also, is there any difference in shift speed between the two?

*edit* I'm talking about the dual clutch transmissions
 

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typically wet clutches hold less because the lubrication reduces friction, unless they stacked a bunch of discs.

shift speed is controlled by your foot/hand/synchros. a clutch will engage/disengage as fast as you tell it to. (unless worn or overpowered then it slips)

my guess on a stock oem clutch they will make it to handle 50%-75% more torque then the engine outputs. any major modifications ie. forced induction will probably require a clutch upgrade among other things.
 

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typically wet clutches hold less because the lubrication reduces friction, unless they stacked a bunch of discs.

shift speed is controlled by your foot/hand/synchros. a clutch will engage/disengage as fast as you tell it to. (unless worn or overpowered then it slips)

my guess on a stock oem clutch they will make it to handle 50%-75% more torque then the engine outputs. any major modifications ie. forced induction will probably require a clutch upgrade among other things.
wow I had no idea there was this much stuff going on with a clutch....so usa cars are dry clutches? meaning we control all that good stuff you just mentioned? sooo whats the benefit of the wet clutch?
 

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typically wet clutches hold less because the lubrication reduces friction, unless they stacked a bunch of discs.

shift speed is controlled by your foot/hand/synchros. a clutch will engage/disengage as fast as you tell it to. (unless worn or overpowered then it slips)

my guess on a stock oem clutch they will make it to handle 50%-75% more torque then the engine outputs. any major modifications ie. forced induction will probably require a clutch upgrade among other things.
I should have been more specific i guess, but I was referring to the dual clutch transmissions (Ford's "Powershift"), not manuals. The Euro Foci get the wet clutch with the diesel model. I'm not sure about their petrol model though.
 
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