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VW R&D Boss Confirms 10-Speed DSG, 236-HP Diesel Four

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Volkswagen DSG dual-clutch transmission

Volkswagen DSG dual-clutch transmission

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Volkswagen R&D boss Heinz-Jakob Neusser used this month’s Vienna Motor Symposium to reaffirm his company’s plans to introduce a 10-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission. Development of the advanced transmission was first announced at the Austrian event a year ago by VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn and now Neusser has provided a few extra details.

The new 10-speed DSG will serve as a replacement for the aging six-speed unit used in VW’s larger vehicles, and will be able to handle torque loads of up to 369 pound-feet. It has been designed for both transverse and longitudinal engine applications, which, as Autocar points out, suggests it will eventually be used in a wide range of models across multiple VW Group brands.

The transmission is said to be part of VW’s overall strategy to boost the efficiency of its lineup by as much as 15 percent by the end of the decade. Unfortunately, Neusser made no mention of when the new 10-speed DSG might be introduced.

Neusser did, however, confirm that a new twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder will be introduced later this year with the arrival of the next-generation version of the Passat the rest of the world enjoys. The new engine, which will still be labeled a TDI, will develop as much as 236 horsepower. By comparison, the most powerful 2.0-liter TDI currently offered in the States musters up a peak 150 hp.

VW sister brand Audi also used the Vienna Motor Symposium to announce a new 3.0-liter TDI delivering 272 hp. Full details on the engine can be found here.

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