How do paddle shifters work?
Drivers looking for the engaging drive of a manual sports car, without the risk of clunking out or not shifting quickly enough find that the semi-automatic models that feature paddle shifters are the perfect solution. But exactly how do paddle shifters work?
Paddle shifters in a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle use electronic controls which let the driver shift gears in an automated manual transmission. Automakers will install paddle shifters behind the steering wheel of select sporty models. The paddle mounted on the right controls shifting to a higher gear while the paddle on the left side will control down shifting.
By offering the paddle shifters right next to the steering wheel, drivers are able to switch gears manually, without having to take their hands off the steering wheel. This gives the car quicker performance and improved safety.
Traditionally, paddle shifters are only seen on dual-clutch transmission or continuous variable transmissions. And are available on a wide variety of new 2017 Mercedes-Benz models.
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Find a model with paddle shifters in Chicago, IL
Interested in getting behind the wheel of a new Mercedes-Benz model that offers paddle shifters for a sportier driving experience, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Loeber Motors, we have a selection of new models that come equipped with this performance-based feature, so we’re confident you’ll have no problem finding a model that you like. Just take a minute to browse our inventory – we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
After you’ve narrowed down your options, all you have to do is give us a call or schedule an appointment online whenever you’re ready to hit the road. We’ll be happy to set up a test drive for you to try out the Mercedes-Benz paddle shifters for yourself before you decide whether they’re right for you.