BMW will not build nine-speed transmissions, will focus on three-cylinder power

Article by Christian A., on May 27, 2014

It appears that BMW will not follow other carmakers and build nine-speed or more and will focus on smaller three-cylinder power. Klaus Frolich a.k.a. BMW’s small and midsize cars boss said that the current eight-speed automatic transmission, seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes and six-speed manual transmissions are the perfect combination.

According to Frolich who spoke with AutoExpress during the UK launch of the X4 and 4-Series Gran Coupe, BMW ran some tests and the difference between the six-speeds and eight speeds is seven or eight percent.

As a result, the benefit for nine-speed transmission instead of eight is almost 0 percent. In addition, the 9-speed transmission also adds weight and costs.

Regarding the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox found on the M cars also known as M-DCT, Frolich says that this is not optimum and it is a compromise.

The DCT will remain the best choice for M cars due to the fact that BMW can’t make a torque-converter that would be durable at up to 8,000 rpm. He also added that BMW will continue to offer a six-speed transmission on its M cars even if only 10 percent of customers want it. [source: AutoExpress]

If you liked the article, share on:

Topics: bmw, transmission

Comments

Recommended

Nissan is commencing sales of the 2019 Nissan Altima on October 3, 2018 in the United States. As expected, the Japanese carmaker has already divulged the details and specs of...
by - November 26, 2018
Sports utility vehicles are still in heavy demand. Ford knows this very well as the American carmaker has seen sales of its SUVs surge dramatically by 28 percent in the...
by - November 26, 2018
BMW’s European customers who are looking forward to have a new range extender version of the 2019 BMW i3 (BMW i3 REx) will have to bear a bad news from...
by - November 26, 2018
Imagining the future of automotive luxury more than three decades from now seems to be a daunting task. It would be hard for a typical person imagine such future without...
by - November 21, 2018
Can a Dacia Duster be compared with a Ford Mustang? It would be difficult to do so as these vehicles compete in different categories and segments, have different price points...
by - November 20, 2018