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

Lynk & Co, a carmaker founded just two years ago, is introducing its third production model: the Lynk & Co 03 sedan. This new model – derived from a concept...
by - August 10, 2018
It is quite common to see Mercedes-Benz taxis plying the streets of Germany. Mercedes-Benz E-Class taxi models can be found in almost every taxi stand throughout the country. In fact,...
by - August 10, 2018
The final production model of the 2019 BMW X7 is already set to be unveiled to the global public at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show in November. Yet would-be...
by - August 8, 2018
When the seventh-generation 2019 Lexus ES was unveiled in China in April, the all-new premium sedan managed to draw attention from customers around the world. For customers in the United...
by - August 8, 2018
Acura is rolling out this month the latest iteration of its mid-size three-row luxury sports utility vehicle – the 2019 Acura MDX. The sixth installment of Acura’s third-generation luxury SUV,...
by - August 1, 2018