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      09-10-2012, 06:54 AM   #45
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Drives: 2017 M4 CP DCT
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I sort of agree about the SMG but it was fatally flawed in that the system ate clutches at an alarming rate and even with throttle modulation fast shifts were often a neck snapping affair. Having made a bazzillion MT shifts and mastered heel & toe years ago the whole thing just got old for me - and it doesn't matter how good you get with a MT, driving at 10 tenths is always compromised by the inherent unbalancing of the chassis that every manual gearshift causes - You are not going to make a MT shift mid turn at the edge of adhesion or to tame power oversteer.
I'm sure people choose the DCT for different reasons which will include its ability to mimic an automatic but others buy it because it gives you the ability to get the absolute maximum from the M3s fabulous balance and use 100% of its performance and that is a mega buzz.