"I can’t pretend to understand why a double-clutch gearbox is more environmentally friendly than a standard auto, and when I asked James May to explain, I’m ashamed to say I fell asleep. But it is, and these days anything which cuts down the amount of CO2 coming from a car’s poo shoot is being lapped up like a desert explorer would lap up a beer after a solo hop across the Sahara.
It’s annoying this, because while a double-clutch gearbox works extremely well on a track, and is fine on the open road, it is annoying and useless in traffic. Because you don’t get the slip of a proper manual or the creep on an auto, itis always jerky. And remarkably slow to respond when you are doing three mph in a motorway crawl, and you want to change lanes… wait for it… wait… hang on… NOW.
It won’t be ready, and when it is ready, the guy coming up on your inside will have realised what you were attempting to do and closed the gap. You are therefore imprisoned by the limitations of a DSG. You are a hostage to the well-being of the giant panda.”
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