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 realm
of their production line, according www.inventorspot.com. The gearboxes will be
designed and built by ZF Friedrichshafen out of Germany. The company has a long
relationship with both BMW and Audi and will working closely with both
manufacturers to tweak the design. No real details or specs have been released
as of yet, but it should be very similar to the six-speed automatic used in the
Audi R8 or the BMW 7-Series.
the number of forward gears has many benefits. From a performance aspect, the
increase will reduce acceleration time and offer a more smooth transition
between gears. It will also improve fuel efficiency that will, in turn, reduce
greenhouse gases and save drivers money. Tests currently being performed have
yielded a fuel economy benefit of three percent for gasoline engines and six
percent for diesel engines when compared to the current six-speed.