Originally Posted by KurtS90
I've always been known to cut the engine and coast to the red light and pop the clutch to get the car started... I am to cheap to buy a Hybrid. I don't have the balls to draft behind a big rig with the engine off...
^haha! well thats an extreme example, or actually not that extreme - for old school manual drivers who live in super mountainous regions. truckers have been doing that for ages.
simple things like engine braking to stop light, downshifting before going up hill to gain momentum and even turning off the engine during heavy traffic/very long stop lights.. these are things that manual drivers learn to do instinctively due to the nature of the shifting.
you can theoretically do that with a DCT, but thats just not programmed into the automatic shifting patterns. so in the end the DCT will be faster and aid in better performance speed wise, but that super efficient shifting will have a marginal impact on fuel economy.
maybe the engineers have a button to press to engage super efficient (hypermiling type of shifting patterns) shifting programs, but I only see more sporty shift program options instead.