Steptronic is the name BMW gives its automatic transmissions that have a manual shift function, which is pretty much any automatic-equipped BMW. Even though it’s an automatic, you can upshift and downshift on command when the gear selector is in a separate shifter gate, which can be accessed by pulling the gear selector to the left. You then push up on the selector to upshift and pull down to downshift. BMW’s Steptronic transmissions also feature steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters on some models.
Steptronic is different than BMW’s automated manual transmissions, which BMW calls the Sequential Manual Gearbox and M Double-clutch transmissions. Those transmissions are limited to high-performance M cars, including the M3, M5 and M6.
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