Autogefühl drives and reviews new Mazda CX-60 PHEV

That's supposed to be their much improved wet clutch 8-speed. I have the old 7-speed dry clutch version which is even worse. The take-off behavior is downright crude if you prefer to step off the line gently. It just sits there and shudders for 3-4 seconds because it has been programmed not to "slip" the clutch to prevent wear and heat buildup so instead it modulates between two plate pressures. I can't believe an entire team of engineers put this through testing and all went "yep, this works fine" at the end. Between that and the outright stumbling and clutch engagement failures it's like having a 14 year old who's just learning stick for the first time shifting for you.

I don't think Mazda will have a tough time doing better than Kia/Hyundai did, but DCTs by their very nature are kind of crude at low speeds and at take-off, so sadly we all have to trade refinement for efficiency these days.
 
It's a MCT. Very similar to what Mercedes uses. It's basically a normal Planetary gearset, but replaces the torque convertor with a clutch.

The big difference is here below...
DCT's have 2 shafts, one for odd gears, the other for even. In normal operation, it'll predict your next gear and quickly shift to the other shaft when needed, but you get bad hesitation if it ready's the wrong gear because it needs to select a different one.

MCT's are planetary gearsets so it selects gears like a normal transmission would.

The biggest con for clutches vs torque convertors are low speed starts, but with electrification, I think this won't be a big deal. The vehicle will likely start with electric propulsion with a fully locked clutch.
 
The biggest con for clutches vs torque convertors are low speed starts, but with electrification, I think this won't be a big deal. The vehicle will likely start with electric propulsion with a fully locked clutch.
This is certainly true for the hybrid model, but there is going to be a gasoline only inline-6 model too that won't have the benefit of this.