Purchasing a vehicle through the past fifty years would often involve making a decision to either have an automatic transmission or manual transmission. As pluses and minuses exist using either transmission, automatic users often are seen as making the greatest compromise. While automatics allow for a more effortless drive, this lack of effort leaves some motorists yearning for the stimulation of a performance car. Tiptronic technology can offer automatic-equipped vehicles with this ability.
The desire to merge characteristics between manual and automatic transmissions is not new. Dating back to the emergence of automatics during the late 1930s, automakers such as Packard and Chrysler made attempts to adopt automatic traits to a manual gearbox. Known as semi-automatics, these transmissions orchestrate clutch movements during gear shifts without driver intervention. A Tiptronic transmission works in an opposite style, adopting manual characteristics to an automatic gearbox by allowing the driver to select gears manually, overriding the computer that controls normal shifting and using a torque converter instead of a clutch.