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How Dual-Clutch Transmission Works

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Most people know that cars come with two basic transmission types: manuals, which require that the driver change gears by depressing a clutch pedal and using a stick shift, and automatics, which do all of the shifting work for drivers usingclutches, a torque converter and sets of planetary gears. But there's also something in between that offers the best of both worlds -- thedual-clutch transmission, also called the semi-automatic transmission, the "clutchless" manual transmission and the automated manual transmission.

Semi-automatic makes it sound dangerous!  I like it!

Highway to the danger zone!

But I still prefer driving a stick. The inefficient, attention-hogging stick.

It does seem more fun with a stick.

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