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Car reviews - Mercedes-Benz - C-Class - C200K Sports Coupe

Transmission

Mercedes-Benz logo21 Mar 2002

By BRUCE NEWTON

THE C200K Sports Coupe is available with a six-speed manual transmission as a delete option to the standard adaptive five-speed 'Tipshift' automatic. The sequential self-shifter allows drivers to downchange by pushing the gearlever to the left and to upchange by pushing right. Unlike other semi-automatic transmissions, it won't upshift on its own - even at redline - but it does have the ability to downchange automatically, even in 'manual' mode. The auto is an adaptive type which independently changes the shift characteristics on the basis of comparison of feedback from a variety of sensors.

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Compared to the previous five-speed manual transmission, Mercedes-Benz claims shift forces are reduced by up to 25 per cent in the new six-speed

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