Transmissions

  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06  -  GM 8L90 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

    Chevrolet has confirmed that its lightning-fast 8L90 eight-speed automatic introduced on the 2015 Corvette Z06 will also be available on the 2015 Corvette Stingray, when sales of the latter commence this fall (the supercharged Z06 isn’t due in showrooms until early next year). The only difference will be unique clutch and torque converter specifications matched to the torque capacity of the Stingray’s naturally aspirated V-8. The advanced transmission, which also features paddle shifters, can execute shifts up to eight-hundredths of a second quicker than those of the PDK...

  • 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
    GM 8-Speed In Corvette Z06 Shifts Faster Than Porsche PDK; Here's How

    With the new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that was introduced this past week at the Detroit Auto Show, GM raises the threat level to the bragging rights of virtually every other supercar in the world. And while performance numbers are still months away, there were plenty of interesting details...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible
    2015 Corvette To Feature Eight-Speed Auto, According To SAE Paper

    The latest C7 Corvette is one of the most capable sports cars on the planet, but in the tech department it's letdown slightly by its available six-speed auto. That may not be the case for long, however, as a paper published by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) claims an eight-speed...

  • Honda Accord fitted with prototype Honda eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with torque converter
    Honda: New Turbo Engines, 8-Speed DCT With Torque Converter

    Honda announced three new direct-injected and turbocharged engines, plus an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with the interesting addition of a torque converter, during a two-day media event before the Tokyo Motor Show that opens Wednesday. Each of the engines, along with the new transmission...

  • 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid
    How The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid Drives Without A Transmission

    The 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid replaces a conventional transmission with two electric motors and an electronic clutch pack.

  • Controlled Rotation System gearless gearbox technology
    New Gearless Gearbox Technology Previewed: Video

    A group of Dutch inventors has developed a gearbox they say could revolutionize the automotive and bike industries. Developed by Parts Services Holland and called the Controlled Rotation System (CRS), it does away with one of the main components of a gearbox--the gears themselves. However, the team...

  • Bosch eClutch electronic clutch

    Just five percent of new vehicles in the U.S. are sold with a manual transmission these days--a small band of enthusiasts or the penny-pinching keeping the increasingly archaic but undeniably fun stick-shift alive. Technology can still play a part in the humble manual though--and those embarrassing stalling moments could be a thing of the past if automakers implement the eClutch, developed by Bosch. eClutch essentially makes the clutch redundant for the process of pulling away and rolling to a halt. From that alone, you can see the benefits--no more stalling due to imprecise clutch control...

  • 2014 Range Rover Evoque, ZF Drive Day, Jul 2013
    2014 Range Rover Evoque: Driving The New Nine-Speed Automatic

    Not so long ago, a five-speed automatic transmission was pretty advanced--but we're in a new age now. Six speeds is the norm now even in smaller cars--when they're not fitted with continuously variable transmissions (CVTs), anyhow--and even the eight-speed automatic pioneered by Lexus a decade ago...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG 4Matic
    Mercedes Nine-Speed Auto To Make U.S. Debut In 2015 CLS-Class: Report

    This week, Mercedes-Benz revealed details on a new nine-speed automatic transmission it’s just introduced in its E-Class sedan and wagon overseas. Called the 9G-TRONIC, the new transmission has been developed in-house and is said to boost fuel economy while also improving drivetrain...

  • Mercedes-Benz’s 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission
    Mercedes-Benz Releases Details On 9G-TRONIC Nine-Speed Auto

    Following the recent news that the E-Class, at least in Europe, is now available with a nine-speed automatic transmission, Mercedes-Benz has released the full details on its latest cog-swapper and confirmed that it will be available in most of its models in the coming years. Currently, the new...

  • 2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class
    Mercedes-Benz Quietly Introduces Nine-Speed Auto In E-Class

    Mercedes-Benz has quietly added a new nine-speed automatic to its E-Class range, though the option is not yet available in the U.S. The transmission, labeled a 9G-TRONIC, is selectable on the configurator of the automaker’s German website and so far is only available with E350 BlueTEC trim...

  • Volkswagen DSG dual-clutch transmission
    10-Speed DSG Among Volkswagen’s Future Tech

    Given the proliferation of announcements for eight-, nine- and even 10-speed automatic gearboxes of late, it would appear the world’s major automakers were giving up on dual-clutch technology, which remains stuck at seven forward gears. Nothing could be further from the truth, however, as...

  • BMW 328 gearbox in reproduction

    BMW announced today that it will build 55 examples of a reproduction gearbox for the iconic BMW 328. There aren't many applications for a modern-day copy of a 75-year old gearbox from a BMW 328. There aren't even very many BMW 328s; only 464 were built over its run from 1936-1940. BMW is offering the 55 gearboxes mostly for the benefit of the vintage racing crowd. The new (old) gearbox is now being produced through a collaboration between BMW Classic and ZF. ZF, appropriately enough, purchased a division of the original gearbox manufacturer for the 328, Hurth, in the 1990s. Reproduced from a...

  • Six-speed automatic previously developed by Ford and GM
    Ford And GM To Jointly Develop Nine- And Ten-Speed Automatics

    Ford and General Motors will jointly develop new nine- and ten-speed automatic transmissions, marking the third time this decade that the two auto giants have collaborated on such a project. Previous developments included six- and eight-speed automatics used across dozens of vehicles from Ford...

  • Land Rover Range Rover Evoque fitted with ZF 9HP nine-speed automatic transmission
    Land Rover’s Range Rover Evoque Adopts ZF Nine-Speed Auto

    Land Rover’s stylish Range Rover Evoque will be one of the first models available with ZF’s new nine-speed automatic transmission designed for transverse applications, i.e. cars based on front-wheel-drive architectures. The nine-speed-equipped Range Rover Evoque will be on display next...

  • Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport
    Bugatti Veyron Gearbox Order Extended Through To The End Of 2014

    Bugatti has extended the order for its Veyron supercar’s unique seven-speed dual-clutch transmission through to the end of 2014. This adds another year of production for the transmission, which previously was ordered by Bugatti only until the end of 2013. This also raises the important...

  • The Cadillac ATS, now featuring PAL
    The Cadillac ATS Wants To Be Your PAL

    Just when you think you have every automotive acronym figured out, General Motors goes and invents a new one. In this case it’s “PAL,” which stands for “Performance Algorithm Liftfoot,” and we think you’re going to like what PAL can do for you. If you’ve...

  • Xtrac 1010 hybridized automated manual transmission
    Xtrac Develops Hybridized Automated Manual For Performance Cars

    Xtrac, a British engineering firm that specializes in vehicle transmission and driveline technology, and is supplier to a number of Formula One teams as well as performance brands such as Pagani, has come out with a new transmission it says will help revolutionize supercar design. Xtrac calls its...

  • 2014 Chevrolet Corvette (C7) Convertible spy shots

    General Motors is hard at work developing eight-speed transmissions for both transverse (front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive) and longitudinal (rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive) applications, which will ensure the brand’s competitiveness with others in terms of both performance and fuel economy. One of the cars to benefit from eight forward speeds is the 2014 Corvette, which will likely have a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transaxles. As Motor Trend reports, however, timing to market could determine which eight-speed automatic the Corvette is launched with. The...

  • ZF 8-speed automatic transmission
    ZF CEO Says Nine Speeds Are The 'Natural Limit'

    For decades, automatic transmissions had three or four speeds, which were deemed sufficient to provide reasonable acceleration and fuel economy. Then came the five speed automatic, which was standard issue on most cars until just a few years back. Then, the race for more gears in the transmission...

  • 2013 Dodge Dart
    2013 Dodge Dart Rallye DDCT: Quick Drive Of Dual-Clutch Automatic

    The 2013 Dodge Dart is one of the most eagerly anticipated models of the new model year—not just because it’s the first model to be developed under pooled Fiat and Chrysler engineering resources, but because it represents a return to form for Dodge compact cars. That said, the Dart is...

  • 2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ
    2012 Chevy Sonic Turbo Now Available With An Automatic Transmission

    Chevy's Sonic Turbo, introduced last year with a six-speed manual gearbox, now offers a six-speed automatic transmission option, too.

  • 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 first drive
    Chevy Goes In-Depth On 2012 Camaro ZL1's TapShift Tech: Video

    The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1's unique pre-staged automatic shifting system gets explained on video.

  • Xtronic CVT, 6th generation  -  for 2013 Nissan Altima
    2013 Nissan Altima Gets New, Responsive CVT Technology

    As the quest for greater fuel efficiency continues, continuously variable transmissions or 'CVTs' are becoming more popular. Nissan has been touting their benefits for several years now on much of its range, allowing drivers to enjoy smooth, stepless progress, fuel efficiency and efficient power...

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