Video review: I test the BMW M DKG Drivelogic in the new BMW M3 Coupe E92.
Part I below:
It is difficult to describe the feeling of the M DKG (Doppel Kuppling Getriebe, M Double Clutch gearbox), the best way of experienceing it is through of course drive it but also be a passenger in the car.
First as a passenger you notice how smooth the shifts where in automode. Or that is, you really didn't notice the shifts since they where so smooth. Default start program is D2, which is the "second smoothest" shift program in automatic mode. I say second smoothest instead of second slowest since the shifts apparantly in either autmatic of manual mode regardless of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 takes the same amount of time, they are all as fast. The noticable shifts in the upper programs (4,5 and 6) are for the drivers who want feedback; there is actually a new gear engaged.
The only hint of that a new gear has been selected when are the sound and the movement of the RPM-meter is my opinion. The whole process seems so smooth and refined compared to a SMGIII that has in most ways the "headsnap effect" when shifting gears. Also, just the feeling of the shift process itself is that is it is indeed faster than SMGIII but without the "bang".
Since it is a "double clutch" the gears are always engaged and you would think that you would not notice the changes of gears between the already fast SMGIII singlee clutch gearbox and the DKG but you actually are: the shifts are not only more refined and smooth they do feel faster. Not alot, but if you would make the decision it is DKG and that is a new evolution in driving cars.
Best way is to test it!
Also, another note: you never have to change the double clutch: it apparantly lasts forever.