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    • Dual clutch versus Manual - A DCT E92 M3 and a manual E90 M3 race on the 1/4 mile drag strip

      BimmerBoost member LostMarine met up at the ATCO dragstrip in New Jersey for some fun runs and a comparison with a manual M3. The blue E90 is a manual and the black E92 M3 is a DCT. Videos are from inside the E92 M3. Both cars have similar modifications with airfilters, Turner Motorsport test pipes, and mods to the OEM exhaust system. The DCT wins both races easily and the difference is quite large at over half a second and 3+ miles per hour. Videos and slips below.






      This article was originally published in forum thread: DCT M3 Vs 6MT M3; Equally Modded started by LostMarine View original post
      Comments 45 Comments
      1. flipm3's Avatar
        flipm3 -
        Very nice comparison! Makes me pleased I got an E90 and DCT, haha

        Whats the chime at the of your runs?
      1. silvergray545's Avatar
        silvergray545 -
        Don't take this the wrong way because I'm not trying to be a dick. But I feel like it's common sense that new technology > old technology
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by flipm3 Click here to enlarge
        Whats the chime at the of your runs?
        Happens when you hit a certain speed.
      1. ERM324's Avatar
        ERM324 -
        that e90 m3 is my good friend bart's m3.....its unfortunately sold, hes moving onto a better car Click here to enlarge
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Happens when you hit a certain speed.
        I have mine set for the (almost) end of 4th gear (120). I end up hitting this, and get annoyed I don't have a digital speed readout unless I press BC... It's annoying, yet is probably better to get a reminder that I am going straight to jail.

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        another note:
        Both are nice cars - I have the "same" (color/trans) e90; looks like DCT is worth what is claimed, egh?
      1. flipm3's Avatar
        flipm3 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Happens when you hit a certain speed.
        Whoa really?! I clearly don't drive fast enough...on the track of course Click here to enlarge
      1. fastgti69's Avatar
        fastgti69 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by silvergray545 Click here to enlarge
        Don't take this the wrong way because I'm not trying to be a dick. But I feel like it's common sense that new technology > old technology
        Esp, if it has been proven to work flawless on other cars with the same kind of technology... Does make a good difference though.
      1. ERM324's Avatar
        ERM324 -
        also keep in mind it was the e90 drivers first time at the strip and he was still figuring out how to launch the car, pretty good for no experience (at one point i think he outlaunched the dct out of the hole).....def room for improvement there as where the DCT car only had a little more in it with better tires
      1. folgrz's Avatar
        folgrz -
        In the first video he definitely out launched the dct without question. But when its all so simple to just tap a button to upshift, its obvious why he lost.

        Good video nonetheless and nice times
      1. JoshM813's Avatar
        JoshM813 -
        Looks like the E92 M3 needs a driver mod...2.4 60'? Really?
      1. ERM324's Avatar
        ERM324 -
        ^its called traction. without it thats what your 60fts should look like
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        You mean E90, I had 2.2 E90 had 2.4s.
        But all is traction dependent, hence the easier launches from me. 2.1 was my best
      1. inlineS54B32's Avatar
        inlineS54B32 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ERM324 Click here to enlarge
        that e90 m3 is my good friend bart's m3.....its unfortunately sold, hes moving onto a better car Click here to enlarge
        You know what he's looking at? 911.991? Click here to enlarge
      1. blkclk550's Avatar
        blkclk550 -
        so wait modes 6mt only did 13.2?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by folgrz Click here to enlarge
        But when its all so simple to just tap a button to upshift, its obvious why he lost.
        With launch control you don't even need to tap a button... automatic perfect shifts at redline through the first 5 gears like a boss.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by blkclk550 Click here to enlarge
        so wait modes 6mt only did 13.2?
        Yep, a poor 60 foot will do that.
      1. blkclk550's Avatar
        blkclk550 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Yep, a poor 60 foot will do that.
        well that just shows i would win =D
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by blkclk550 Click here to enlarge
        well that just shows i would win =D
        No, you wouldn't. Not with someone who could launch better...
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        you mean better traction. common 1st time mistake. its not a stoplight.
      1. blkclk550's Avatar
        blkclk550 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        No, you wouldn't. Not with someone who could launch better...
        it's funny that you find every single excuse for an M3 but not for me, i also ran in a car that was not mechanically 100% i had more than one issue and trapped stock times.