smart fortwo – gearshift types

The best transmission for everyone.

As the first car manufacturer in this class, smart is offering the modern transmission technology of the twinamic 6-speed dual clutch transmission. 

For even more dynamic shifting from one gear to the next. And for all those who prefer more conventional gearshifting, the 5-speed manual transmission provides for sporty and precise motoring pleasure.

twinamic 6-speed dual clutch transmission.

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For short trips, long distances and jaunts.

With the twinamic 6-speed dual clutch transmission from smart, driving around town becomes even more dynamic and comfortable. The modern transmission technology shifts so smoothly and efficiently, you barely notice the shifting process while driving. Thanks to the two sub-transmissions, changing gear takes just a few hundredths of a second, regardless of whether you shift fully automatically or prefer to change gear manually with the steering wheel paddles.

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The "Comfort" gearshift programme.

The automatic "Comfort" gearshift programme shifts to the next gear already at low revs so you cruise comfortably and fuel-efficiently through the city.

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The "Dynamic" gearshift programme.

The automatic "Dynamic" gearshift programme has a higher shifting speed. This is the right programme for you if you like a sportier driving style with more dynamic acceleration.

Manual mode.
In conjunction with the optional Sports package you can change gear using shift paddles on the multifunctional steering wheel without any need for a clutch pedal.

5-speed manual transmission

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Geared for relaxation.

The smart is powered for city driving by a rear-mounted 3-cylinder petrol engine with 5-speed manual transmission. The manual transmission provides for sporty and dynamic motoring pleasure – even on short journeys.

The features of the 5-speed manual transmission at a glance:

  • Twin-shaft design
  • Integrated differential
  • Five forward gears and a reverse gear
  • Manually operated cable shift with three shift gates (1-2, 3-4, 5-R)
  • Double-synchronised first and second gear


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