Audi & BMW to Join Lexus in Offering Eight-Speed Transmissions
MUNICH, GERMANY& AUBURN HILLS, MI– BMW and Audi are looking to
ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a worldwidesupplier of driveline and chassis technology, to develop eight-speedtransmissions as early as 2009, according to www.motortrend.com. And due tolonger gear ratios, its unit will offer 14 percent better fuel economy than aregular five-speed auto.
Due tocost, the eight-speed will only be offered in top-line models at first, butshould make its way across each automaker’s lineup as it becomes moreaffordable. BMW is supposedly readying the unit for its new 7 Series in 2010,and will add it to the X6 SAC as well. Speculation is that Audi could make thetransmission available in the A8 and Q7 SUV by 2009, as well as Ingolstadt’s answer to theMercedes CLS, the new A7 four-door coupe, MotorTrend reported.