What is a tiptronic transmission?

01/02/2020

Posted by: Oluwaseun Adeniji

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The idea behind this design is to give you options and optimize the performance of your car. Although it shares few similar features with the old technology in semi-automatic transmission, Tiptronic does not use the clutch but rather use a newer device known as ‘torque converter’.

The beauty of Tiptronic transmission lies in its diversification. It offers the blend of manual transmission and advance improvement in automatic transmission. You either fall in the category of manual gear lovers or you love stress free mode of shifting gear and stepping on the clutch. It is not strange in the automobile world that people have a preference for a particular transmission in their cars. This is why Tiptronic transmission serves as a link between the two popular transmissions.

What is Tiptronic transmission?

Like earlier mentioned, Tiptronic transmission connects the feeling of using a manual and automatic transmission. The Tiptronic transmission is an improved automatic transmission that effectively moves clutch when there is a shift in your gear. That is why the Tiptronic gear system is a common feature in high profiled cars such as BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes series among others.

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Tiptronic transmission might be new to many car owners

While the gear shifts itself automatically, it also allows people to manually control their gear lever which is mostly located behind the steering. The idea behind this design is to give you options and optimize the performance of your car. Although it shares few similar features with the old technology in semi-automatic transmission, Tiptronic does not use the clutch but rather use a newer device known as ‘torque converter’.

What can you gain from using Tiptronic transmission system?

The Tiptronic gear shift system comes with a variety of benefits that will definitely tempt you to break your bank. Here are the benefits of using a Tiptronic transmission:

  1. It gives the driver option in the handling of the gear system. The driver can decide to opt for manual and be more engaged or leave it for the automatic transmission to take its due course in shifting gear either upward or downward.
  2. It comes with safety features that protect the car in case there is a manual overstep beyond the RPM redline. This implies that the transmission system present in this technology will switch its mode to avoid disaster.
  3. It is a simple transmission system. Beginners can find it very easy to operate

How a Tiptronic transmission works

The working mechanism of a Tiptronic transmission system is distinct and technical. Its technicality does not undermine its simplicity in use and the elegance of the whole system. There are two common modes in a typical Tiptronic transmission. These include:

  • Manual mode

This is a Tiptronic transmission mode that allows the driver to have independent control over the gear system. This control comes with the assistance of the steering mounted pedals to enable the mode switch. When it happens, it makes the internal transmission actuator to effect instance change, whether upward or downward.

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Tiptronic transmission gives you the feel of manual and automatic driving experience

  • Automatic mode

Unlike the manual mode in a typical Tiptronic gear shifting mechanism, the automatic mode only allows drivers to have control only on the brake and accelerator. This means that the ECU present in car takes charge of the whole transmission. This is why drivers with little or no experience can use this mode easily while driving. The ECU in automatic mode is also present in the manual mode. The obvious difference is that its role in the manual is more of safety protocol in the level of RPM. This is a factory-built component to prevent engine failure.

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Advantages of Tiptronic transmission over automatic transmission

You will prefer Tiptronic transmission over automatic transmission which is quite common in regular vehicles out there. This is because the Tiptronic transmission is equipped with safety standard measures that will control it, if there is idleness in the manual mode that may go beyond the RPM danger zone. An automatic transmission does not provide options as it handles the RPM and gear shifting on its own.

Another edge Tiptronic transmission has over automatic transmission is the intelligence of the Tiptronic transmission to act in accordance with the driver’s behaviour. Most features of an automatic transmission are present in the Tiptronic automatic mode.

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Oluwaseun Adeniji

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Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.

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