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Bentley engineers are reportedly studying the feasibility of packaging the six-speed S tronic unit into the Continental GT’s transmission tunnel. Since the S tronic dual clutch transmission is a different shape to the current ZF six-speed automatic used by Bentley, some modifications will be required to allow it to fit. This may include modifying the Continental GT’s underbody and driveshaft layout.
The S tronic can be driven in various modes, such as D (Drive) and S (Sport). In normal D mode gear changes are automatic, however, switch into S and the driver can change gears as they please using a pair of paddle shifters normally mounted behind the steering wheel in cars equipped with the advanced gearbox.
The benefits of adopting the S tronic dual clutch transmission would include quicker acceleration thanks to faster shift times and improved fuel economy--a win-win for consumers.