Originally Posted by chris_knows
So is it like this?:
And the stick just moves up and down (not sideways)? lol
That doesn't really sound like too much fun...
Its like this:
With shifttronic (or whatever the company in question calls it), you basically get your automatic transmission, with P - R N D, but you can move the stick to the side from D and you get a + and -. So you can choose what gear your transmission is in, somewhat like an SMG. However, you are still in an automatic, which means you still have a torque converter, and shifting is still not directly mechanical.
Originally Posted by skeetin870
My brothers Mazda 6 has one and it really does suck. But the M5's SMG kicks some major ASS
Thats because SMG is not automatic, it has a clutch and flywheel, and it is like driving a manual transmission. In the case of BMW's SMG, its actually a manual transmission, with a control unit controlling the transmission and clutch, instead of you. When you put SMG into automatic mode, it is simply choosing the gear for you, but it is still shifting with a clutch.
So yeah in my opinion manual shift automatics suck. If you want to rev higher in an auto, just push the accelerator harder, if you want it to shift, just ease up on it. Simple.