waremark wrote:Haven't driven a Renault with DCT. It might put me off what is otherwise a great car. What advantages does DCT now offer over a good conventional auto? The ZF 8 is so responsive that subjectively it replicates a DCT once on the go while being more pleasant while manoeuvring and at slow speeds. (I don't know whether manufacturers can optimise acceleration times with autos - are there any autos with launch control? )
Advantage is probably weight and cost saving.
I like the DCT apart from the stop/start implementation. Auto and manual, best of both worlds. Took a while to get used to slow speed manouvers.
Your ZF-8 now has 8 gears I believe there's some about with 9 or 10 gears. Soon the manufacturers will give in and realise that CVT is the end game. I'm keeping my eyes open for something sporty with CVT to appear. I may try the Civic CVT to see what it is like but it has become a bit of a porker, growing in size with each generation make over.
If you get a chance to have a go in a demo Clio, I'd be interested in your view of the stop/start implementation. Remember in your head when driving it that it has 2 DRY clutches.
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