smart fortwo now available for ordering with twinamic dual clutch transmission; manual or automatic gear shifting
As the first model of the new smart generation, the smart fortwo rated at 52 kW/71 hp is now available for ordering with the twinamic dual clutch transmission. (Earlier post.) This enables gear shifting to be carried out either fully automatically or manually. With twinamic, the fortwo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 15.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 151 km/h (94 mph). The combined fuel consumption stands at 4.1 liters of gasoline per 100 kilometers (57 mpg), corresponding to a CO2 figure of 94 grams per kilometer.
The twinamic automatic transmission is designed as a 3-shaft dual clutch manual transmission and has six forward gears and one reverse gear. Both clutch actuation and gear changing are fully automatic and enable particularly smooth shifting without any interruption in tractive power. The transmission operates fully automatically. Manual shifting is possible using the selector lever in a separate gate or by means of the shift paddles included in the Sports package.
Thanks to the two sub-transmissions, changing to the next highest or lowest gear is immediate and without any loss of tractive power. If required, the electronic controller skips individual gears instead of changing down through each individual gear. It therefore offers the comfort of an automatic transmission combined with the efficiency of a manual transmission.
Manual shifting is possible using the selector lever in a separate gate or by means of the shift paddles included in the Sports package. The dual clutch transmission is available in combination with the passion, prime and proxy equipment lines. The first smart fortwos with twinamic will be delivered in March 2015.
Daimler says that the twinamic dual clutch transmission is unique in the small car and microcar segments.
The smart fortwo twinamic 52 kW 3-cylinder, 1-liter engine has rated torque of 91 N·m (67 lb-ft).