Originally Posted by LarThaL
In what way is the DCT not an automatic. The internal mechanism may be different from older generation automatics, but is it not capable of shifting gears automatically i.e. without direct driver action?
Can't believe we are going back to this argument again....
DCT is not an automaic, it's an "automated manual" transmission to be exact.
I've owned a DCT and you instantly know it behaves differently from the regular conventional automatic. Ex. the clutch is disengaged when you press a brake pedal on street lights, soon as you tap a gas a little you feel it engages again, just like the manual tranny.
Also DCT doesn't shift itself to the next gear even when the rev counter is bouncing where regular automatics do shift to the next gear when it hits the rev limiter.