Originally Posted by signes
Not a DCT owner but did have SMG in my last M3. Can't you just pull the paddles to get 3rd (in this situation) and go from there? Don't understand the need to hit the kickdown, then pull a paddle, then ... to do what you can do for yourself a la SMG?
Yes, you can pull the downshift paddle x number of times to get to your desired gear, but DCT came up with this feature in S mode which makes it far quicker than downshifting multiple times especially when you are cruising in 7th gear.
Obviously this is no more than a second or two difference, but it's pretty useful when you are on a single carriage way and stuck behind traffic, and when a short but safe overtaking opportunity arises, executing it in the shortest time is always preferable.