Transmissions for German OEMs
There is a sudden burst of news about transmissions and German auto makers.
- Porsche. The company has announced that the 2020 911 Carrera S and 4S Coupe and Cabriolet models will be available with a seven-speed manual in place of the standard eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission. This is a no-cost option. What’s interesting is that the vehicles with the seven-speed will come with what is called the “Sport Chrono Package,” which includes Dynamic Drivetrain Mounts, a rev-match function and other features that are of a racing nature. Those who like to shift like to drive.
- BMW Group. The Bavarian builder has awarded supplier Magna with the Tier One’s biggest order for transmissions in its history. Magna will be manufacturing dual-clutch transmissions—including hybrid variants—for BMW Group front-wheel drive platforms: the transmissions will be deployed in more than 170 vehicle applications. An interesting aspect of the hybrid versions is that they will package in the same space as the non-hybrids, even though the hybrid transmission will include a 48-volt high-revving electric motor within the transmission housing. The transmissions for BMW will be manufactured by Magna in its plants in Neuenstein, Germany, and Kechnec, Slovakia.
(Image: BMW Group-Magna)
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