A dual clutch transmission fitted in the new Smart ForTwo

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. This enables gear shifting to be carried out either fully automatically or manually. 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 additional charge for the twinamic in Germany in the standard version is 1275 euros. The first Smart ForTwos with twinamic will be delivered in March 2015.

The twinamic offers the advantage of smoother gear changing without interruption in tractive power. With twinamic, the ForTwo accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 15.1 seconds and reaches a top speed of 151 km/h. The combined fuel consumption stands at 4.1 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers, corresponding to a CO2 figure of 94 grams per kilometer.The new Smart ForTwo 2014 with dual clutch transmission

The twinamic dual clutch transmission is unique in the small car and microcar segments and meets the wishes of drivers who appreciate the convenience of an automatic transmission in urban traffic.

The Smart Fortwo data at a glance

smart fortwo twinamic 52 kW
Number of cylinders/arrangement
3 in-line
Displacement (cc)
999
Rated output (kW/hp) at rpm
52/71 at 6000
Rated torque (Nm) at rpm
91 at 2850
Combined fuel consumption (l/100 km)
4.1
Combined CO2 emissions (g/km)
94
Efficiency class
B
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (s)
15.1
Top speed (km/h)
151
Price (euros) starting at
12,170

The twinamic dual clutch transmission

The twinamic automatic transmission is designed as a 3-shaft dual clutch transmission and has six forward gears and one reverse gear.

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.

Source: Daimler

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    1. Just curious.. who supplies this mini-DCT? When you state ‘3-shaft’ design, that doesn’t include the output axis, correct? Two countershafts?

      Big fan of the website, good articles. Thanks!

    2. This DCT is actually the Getrag PS250 (6DCT250), which is rated at 280N.m – a massive 190N.m above the rating of the smart engine! Even the more powerful engines, which are expected to follow, don’t come close to this rating. However, this is only because nothing smaller is available yet, and not because Daimler is being overly cautious (following the poor customer acceptance of the previous AMT).

      The 5-speed manual comes from Renault…….

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