One of the attributes that we love about Acura vehicles at Hopkins Acura in Redwood City, CA is the awesome performance of models like the 2017 Acura ILX and 2018 Acura TLX. Just one of the ways that Acura cars deliver such amazing performance is by equipping a refined, precise, responsive, and efficient transmission.

The car transmission links you to the rest of the car and to the road. But what are the differences among car transmissions, really? Let’s talk a little bit about them.

A manual transmission consists a gear shift lever and mechanical clutch, which the driver operates, and a system of gears. By selecting the correct gear, the driver can change from one to another to transfer engine power to the wheels, which then propels the vehicle.

An automatic transmission serves the same purpose, to transfer power from the vehicle’s engine to its wheels. It goes about it in a different way, though, using a torque converter to match engine output to the proper gears automatically—all without the need for driver operation. Some, however, feature buttons or paddles that allow manual control of gear changes as well.

Various vehicles combine the best of both manual and automatic transmissions. The Acura ILX and Acura TLX can be equipped with an advanced eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which blends the functions of a mechanical clutch and a torque converter for quicker, smoother, and more efficient gear changes. Additionally, eight-speed DCT models feature paddle shifters that can swiftly change gears.

We love the incredible performance that our Acura models offer. To learn more about available transmission systems, be sure to get in touch with us at Hopkins Acura, your local Acura dealership near San Francisco, today!