I'm going to experiment with the three different ways the Dual Clutch Transmission works, but I wanted to get others' opinions/experiences.
To be clear, the DCT appears to have three modes of operation: "Drive (D)", "Drive Sporty (Ds)" and "Sport (S)".
Now that I'm using the compressor regularly to defog my windows, the Veloster's already slow reaction to throttle (in "Drive" mode) is even worse. Having never owned a sequential gearbox, I'm almost afraid to try it in "Sport" (manual) mode during stop-and-go traffic. The fact that the tranny goes automatically into first after stopping helps, but I don't know if I can train myself to work the paddles effectively. Having driven only conventional stick shifts in the past, I imagine myself lapsing into old habits and damaging the tranny - or getting hit due to some kind of abrupt stop in traffic.
I've read about other cars' semi-auto boxes going to neutral if both paddles are pulled at the same time - does the DCT do this? I don't want to "just try it" in case it screws up the tranny.
I admit that I haven't really tried "Drive Sporty" mode yet - mainly 'cause I didn't realize that there was a third type of shift programming. Embarrassing. Based on the description of "Ds" mode in the owner's manual, it may have better throttle response than just plain "D" mode (I hope). Those that use "Ds" mode - what are your impressions of this mode versus "D" mode?