The 8-speed Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic sets new benchmarks in dynamics and shifting. The unusually fine increments between gears and the extremely rapid shifts facilitate optimum force delivery at all speeds, guaranteeing the ultimate in power and efficiency. Particularly at high speeds, the eighth gear reduces the engine speed, in turn decreasing both fuel consumption and engine noise. Manual shifting is possible in both "D" and "S" modes by using the M gear lever or the M gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. In manual "S" mode, the M Steptronic transmission does not automatically shift up and the engine reaches max speeds when necessary.
Additionally, the driver can shift very dynamically at top speeds and use the Drivelogic button to select one of three shifting modes: from comfortable and efficient, to dynamic, to racetrack dynamics with extra-short shifting times. Gear shifts with minimal loss of tractive force and a torque converter clutch that remains closed in all driving states after starting create an extremely direct connection between the engine and the drive wheels. An M exclusive feature: when the vehicle is at a standstill, there is no automatic force-transmitting connection between the engine and the transmission, which prevents "creeping". However, while manoeuvring, for example, a short tap of the accelerator activates "creeping on demand".