What Is a Steptronic Automatic Transmission?

A steptronic automatic transmission allows for an automatic transmission to have the same shifting dynamics of a manual transmission. This type of transmission is present in BMW vehicles.

To activate the Steptronic transmission, the driver just has to move the gear selector lever up and down. This type of transmission takes a six-speed automatic transmission and makes it operate like a six-speed manual transmission. There are keys in the steering wheel that someone can use to shift the gears instead of the lever, so that the driver is able to keep his or her hands on the wheel while driving.