D - Automatic selection mode
Depending on the way the vehicle is driven (economical, comfortable or sporty driving style) and on the resistance (e.g. uphill), the gearchanging points are shifted towards higher or lower engine-speed ranges.
The accelerator position, driving speed, engine speed, longitudinal and lateral acceleration and the road profile all have an influence on the gearchanging characteristic.
Unwanted upward shifts, e.g. before bends, are prevented by swiftly releasing the accelerator pedal.
Depending on lateral acceleration, upward changes on bends are not made until the enginespeed limit is reached.
Under braking, and depending on the amount of deceleration, the PDK transmission changes down earlier.
For subsequent cornering, the right gear is engaged when pressure is applied to the brakes before the bend. The bend is taken in the right gear, and when you accelerate out of the bend you do not have to change down.
With a sporty driving style, downshifts are already initiated when the brake pedal is touched lightly.
This further enhances a dynamic driving style.
The PDK transmission temporarily changes to the sportiest gear-changing map, i.e. to the highest possible gear-changing points, if the accelerator pedal is pressed quickly. The transmission accordingly shifts down immediately by one or two gears (temporary change-down).
7th gear is no longer engaged automatically at very high driving speeds, but can be selected manually as required.
Sport mode ("Sport" and "Sport Plus" modes)
A sporty driving style is recognised more quickly and the gear-changing speeds are adapted to driving performance.
Deceleration downshifts are commenced earlier.
Downshifts are already carried out in the case of slight decelerations, even at higher engine speeds.
"Sport Plus" mode activated:
The gear-changing performance is enhanced significantly again compared with "Sport" mode.
Driving with Launch Control
Endangering Other Road Users
Use of Launch Control will inevitably reduce the life of the engaged engine and transmission components.