thats true but thats not what all the hype of SMG is about. SMG especially SMG2 is marketed as a formula 1 style clutch-less manual gearbox and has consistantly fast shifts. Its a great piece of technology, but there will never be a replacement to having a 3rd pedal imoOriginally posted by TECH@Jan 20 2004, 07:25 PM
Basically, it means that you can't skip gear when you are shifting. Kinda like a motorcycle, you can't go from 1st to 3rd unless you go to second.
I personally don't like SMG.
alot of people have been bringing up that question but i dont know if the search feature is up yet so i'll point out a few differences. SMG is a manual transmission, with a clutch and everything, only instead of a 3rd pedal the clutch is electronically operated by the shift knob or paddles and drops it in to the next gear at extremely fast speeds (.08 sec between shifts for SMG-2). Steptronic is a automatic transmission and when in manual mode nudging the shift knob forward or backward tells the transmission to switch gears. although SMG does the same thing, steptronic has the lag of an automatic transmission and will always act like one, therefore you have nothing to gain performance wise by using it. SMG does have a automated mode but wont always be as smooth as a steptronic auto depending on the settings and driving conditions.Originally posted by Fangs@Jan 20 2004, 11:08 PM
Is your question more along the lines of:
"How is SMG better/worse than Steptronic?"
They both have the same concept in that you can drive it like an automatic, or take control yourself with a hand-lever (of some type). Is it just that the SMG shifts much faster???
How does the SMG work in Auto mode? The Steptronic is a pretty smoooth tranny...