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According to BMW Magazine the 330i Performance Package comes with a six-speed manual. It doesn't mention SMG at all, however, the February BMWCar says that the new 330Ci will come with an optional six-speed SMG.
 

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tim330i said:
is it true SMG or a cheaper version? I am guessing a cheaper version which will probably be more like step than SMG.

Either way it gets a :thumbdwn: from me.

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Tim, if you're asking about the SMG, the quote simply states that there will be a new six-speed SMG. Since it's from BMWCar, and I find them technically savvy, I would assume it's true SMG. They'd say if it was SSG or a quasi-SMG.

Then again, might just be a glorified Step! :dunno:
 

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tim330i said:
is it true SMG or a cheaper version? I am guessing a cheaper version which will probably be more like step than SMG.
We discussed this before. What you guys are calling "true SMG" is officially the "SMG Drivelogic" or "SMG II". The regular 3 series can only be fitted with "SMG", which is a simplified version of SMG Drivelogic. Both are bona fide manual transmissions underneath.
 

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"the introduction of SSG (Sequential Shift Gearbox) to 325 and 330i. BMW claimed it is a simplified version of the M3’s sequential manual box, but it is actually built around the regular 5-speed manual rather than the M3's 6-speeder and most importantly, the shift mechanism is supplied by Italy's Magneti-Marelli instead of Siemens. You might remember Magneti-Marelli is the maker of Alfa Romeo's Selespeed and Ferrari's F1 system, so SSG should be much cheaper than the SMG. Unfortunately, shift response is far slower than SMG. There are 3 modes: in "Normal" mode, shift takes 400-500ms; in "Sport" mode, it is reduced to 250-300ms but shift quality is less smooth; in "Launch" mode, 150ms can be achieved from first to second gear."
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http://autozine.kyul.net/html/BMW2.htm

since its like the SMG but based off of the 5-speed it has to have a clutch, just a computer controlled one.
 
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