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2012 Ferrari 458 Italia-heartthrobs to emerge from Maranello, a purpose-built exotic sports car that hammers home its high performance message by way of a high-revving, 562 horsepower 4.5-liter V-8 engine that is mounted to the rear of the driver. A seven-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission transmits that output to the back wheels, and the Ferrari 458 Italia's finely-tuned chassis adeptly steps exactly where the driver tells it to. 60-mph arrives from a standing start in a scant…

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Falcon F7. This beast is powered by a Lingenfelter-sourced V8 that generates 1,100hp, mated to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission, enabling it to sprint from 0-60 mph in just 2.7-seconds, with a top speed of 200mph.

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Tested: Dual Clutch Transmission | Visordown

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How Dual-clutch Transmissions Work

Dual-clutch transmissions offer the best of manual and automatic transmissions and are becoming increasingly popular. Learn about dual-clutch transmissions.

Motorcraft dual clutch transmission fluid XT-11-QDC

This is the transmission lubricant used on some later model manual transmission applications. Often referred to as Dual Clutch Transmission Fluid. The Ford specification number is WSD-M2C200-D2. Check your owner

The latest trend in transmissions is the Dual Clutch Transmission, or DCT. Dual Clutch Transmissions have been around for quite a while, especially in high-powered performance cars.

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What is a Twin Clutch / Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) and How Does it Work?

What is a Twin Clutch / Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) and How Does it Work?: Volkswagen dual-clutch transmission cutaway

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2013 P1 Mclaren features a heavily revised 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine, similar to the one used in the MP4-12C, tuned to 542 kw. The engine is combined with a KERS electric motor that produces 131kw. The hybrid powertrain is connected to a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission, and will give a total power output of 631kw at 7500 rpm and a maximum torque figure of 900Nm. The powertrain can run using either the petrol V8 by itself or with the electric motor. @alloywheels check it…

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The world's best performance cars

Mercedes-Benz A/CLA45 AMG What we said: 'A seven-speed dual clutch transmission and four-wheel drive are standard. The four-wheel drive system sends power to the front wheels in everyday driving, but can direct up to 50 per cent to the rear wheels if necessary'