What does tiptronic mean exactly Page 1 out of 2

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im looking at getting a new car (maybe) have drove a manual for the last 10 years and im finding this word tiptronic everywhere but i have no idea what it is lol, does it just automatic ! TIA

Driver-dragontales, Sep 26, 2011, 12:50 pm

it is just an automatic which you can tell when to change up or down.

Driver-morrisman1, Sep 26, 2011, 12:51 pm

A light touch on the gear stick changes gear electronically.

Driver-richard198, Sep 26, 2011, 12:52 pm

ok thank you

Driver-dragontales, Sep 26, 2011, 12:54 pm

On most cars it is a conventional (epicyclic) automatic gearbox but with a different layout to the selector gate; so instead of the first, second, third gear hold positions there is an "up" and a "down" position above and below Drive so that when you want to hold it in the lower gears you can use the selector lever like a toggle switch to click up and down through the gears like a racing car driver.

I've found that when driving quickly on a twisty road the tiptronic setup makes it quite a bit easier than a regular auto gate does to get down into the right gear before the corner, because you're not worried about accidentally pulling it back two gears instead of one.

Some flasher (european) cars have an automated gearbox of a completely different type, with servo controlled clutches etc.

Driver-richardmayes, Sep 26, 2011, 1:12 pm

thanks for that explanation richardmayes

Driver-dragontales, Sep 26, 2011, 1:15 pm

Is that the DSG gearbox!
After around 30 years of driving manuals, I'm getting an auto early next year and really like what I've read about the tiptronic gearboxs.

Driver-shelleigh, Sep 26, 2011, 2:07 pm

I don't know how reliable this website is but found this explanation easy to understand -

Driver-shelleigh, Sep 26, 2011, 2:08 pm

It only refers to the design& is licensed tocar makers who make their own versionssome good & some not so good .

Driver-elect70, Sep 26, 2011, 2:23 pm

Developed by Porsche in around 1972.

Driver-rsr72, Sep 26, 2011, 2:40 pm

what about toyota altezza's !

Driver-dragontales, Sep 26, 2011, 2:43 pm

The toyota range with tiptronic have tried to capture the experience of driving a genuine "flappy paddle" tiptroning as fitted to F1 cars. Flappy paddle refers to litterally levers that hang down in the webbs of the steering wheel and you change gears using your thumb.
For day to day use a "real" flappy paddle setup is a bit cumbersome because unlike F1 cars you need to regularly turn the wheel aroundso toyota have instead fitted up and downshift buttons into the steering wheel. Push either button on the frond to upshift and any button on the back to downshift.
Reality--youll play with it for a week then just drive it 99% of the time as a normal auto

Driver-kazbanz, Sep 26, 2011, 2:52 pm

Kazbanz what's your opinion of the DSG's in the Golf, Passat and AudiA3's! Am looking at 2008 onwards - thanks :)

Driver-shelleigh, Sep 26, 2011, 3:00 pm

thanks for that kazbanz so i bit of a novelty lol

Driver-dragontales, Sep 26, 2011, 3:02 pm

Shelleigh I don't like them PERSONALLY.Because of that I won't /don't stock them -so in fairness Its unfair of me to comment.
DO have a readup on the experiences of previous owners

Driver-kazbanz, Sep 26, 2011, 3:02 pm

Thanks for that Kazbanz. What don't you like about them!
Will have a read of other comments about them.

Driver-shelleigh, Sep 26, 2011, 3:04 pm

Shelleigh--In a nutshell -EVERY single solitary VW,audi,fiatthat I've had in stock has cost me THOUSANDS of dollars to repair either by me with it in stock or during the first few months of the new owner having it. So I guess understandably I personally dislike em

Driver-kazbanz, Sep 26, 2011, 3:08 pm

The fiat man wron't be too happy .

Driver-johnf_456, Sep 26, 2011, 3:12 pm

Sure is understandable Kazbanz.
Just out of interest, have they all been imported from Japan!

Driver-shelleigh, Sep 26, 2011, 3:44 pm

Too true, Kazbanz will be in the bad books alright.

Driver-shelleigh, Sep 26, 2011, 3:45 pm

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