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Harvey
09-29-1999, 02:49 PM
Sequential Motorsport Gearbox - the new E46 will come w/6-spd xmission.If SMG offered in US it will be the same 6-spd w/same gearing.The only diff between the std trans and SMG is the method of clutch activation.The std trans will have a clutch pedal which the driver activates and uses the gear shift to change up or down. The SMG has no clutch pedal and uses an electronic box to shift up or dwn when you move a lever.The elect's blip the throttle,shifts the tranny etc for you. The SMG has a rather crude automatic mode where you don't have to move a lever but it shifts harshly and is not enjoyable to use.The SMG is not an automatic with manual shifting.If you try to drive it like a steptronic you will be disappointed.It works best if driven like a std tranny i.e.lifting slightly on upshifts etc.In testing it is faster because the elect's can shift faster than you and it repeats the shift every time exactly.It has a race start mode where you hold the upshift lever and it will accel to redline and shift up until released.Another feature is that you cannot miss a shift. If you try to shift into 1st gear at to high rpm it will ignore the command until safe to do so.Sorry about length but tired of seeing all the bad info being posted about SMG.

Caesar
09-29-1999, 03:42 PM
<i>: Sequential Motorsport Gearbox - the new E46 will come w/6-spd xmission.If SMG offered in US it will be the same 6-spd w/same gearing.The only diff between the std trans and SMG is the method of clutch activation.The std trans will have a clutch pedal which the driver activates and uses the gear shift to change up or down. The SMG has no clutch pedal and uses an electronic box to shift up or dwn when you move a lever.The elect's blip the throttle,shifts the tranny etc for you. The SMG has a rather crude automatic mode where you don't have to move a lever but it shifts harshly and is not enjoyable to use.The SMG is not an automatic with manual shifting.If you try to drive it like a steptronic you will be disappointed.It works best if driven like a std tranny i.e.lifting slightly on upshifts etc.In testing it is faster because the elect's can shift faster than you and it repeats the shift every time exactly.It has a race start mode where you hold the upshift lever and it will accel to redline and shift up until released.Another feature is that you cannot miss a shift. If you try to shift into 1st gear at to high rpm it will ignore the command until safe to do so.Sorry about length but tired of seeing all the bad info being posted about SMG. <p></i>

Explain better...
09-30-1999, 09:23 PM
You didnt explain what the lever looks like, how it is pushed, up or down. I read that twice and i still have no idea how an SMG works, explain again thoroughly EXACTLY what you have to do to use this thing.

Harvey
09-30-1999, 11:35 PM
<i>: You didnt explain what the lever looks like, how it is pushed, up or down. I read that twice and i still have no idea how an SMG works, explain again thoroughly EXACTLY what you have to do to use this thing.<p></i>Current car has a lever mtd in the console similar to an auto shift lever.You push fwd to dwnshift and pull back to upshift.The auto mode has a separate control on the console. BMW is considering changing to paddles mtd on the steering wheel like the F355 F1. Then you will pull on the rt one to upshift and the left to dwnshift. It will be almost identical to the F355 setup.Go to a Ferrari dealer and all will be obvious.When you come to a stop the xmisson auto goes to neutral.Hit gas shifts to 1st.

pete
10-01-1999, 12:28 AM
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Thanx
10-01-1999, 01:03 AM
Bout wouldn't a clutch be 10000000000X funner?

Faris
10-01-1999, 12:01 PM
<i>: <br>How does the car handle on an upward slope for example... Does it slip back like a manual transmission car when starting to move if parked on a slope?<br></i>


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