Audi and BMW Challenge the Lexus Eight-Speed Automatic
AUBURN HILLS, MI and MUNICH, GERMANY – Audi and BMW will both be seeing an eight-speed auto in the higher end realmof their production line, according www.inventorspot.com. The gearboxes will bedesigned and built by ZF Friedrichshafen out of Germany. The company has a longrelationship with both BMW and Audi and will working closely with bothmanufacturers to tweak the design. No real details or specs have been releasedas of yet, but it should be very similar to the six-speed automatic used in theAudi R8 or the BMW 7-Series.
Uppingthe number of forward gears has many benefits. From a performance aspect, theincrease will reduce acceleration time and offer a more smooth transitionbetween gears. It will also improve fuel efficiency that will, in turn, reducegreenhouse gases and save drivers money. Tests currently being performed haveyielded a fuel economy benefit of three percent for gasoline engines and sixpercent for diesel engines when compared to the current six-speed.