BMW 7-Series coming with 8-speed transmission
Lexus LS460 is the first car with an eight-speed gearbox. Then the IS-F that was launched at Detroit Auto Show has also an eight-speed gearbox. So it was about time for BMW to create a competition for that.
They are planning to develope g the transmission for market launch by 2009 or 2010, according to consultancy CSM Worldwide. That is about the time BMW is due to debut a new generation of its upper-premium 7 series.
For its eight-speed transmission, "ZF has made quite a few modifications to its six-speed transmission to improve fuel economy and reduce manufacturing costs," London-based CSM powertrain analyst Chris Guile told Automotive News Europe. The transmission almost certainly will go into upcoming BMW models, Guile said.
BMW spokesman Wieland Bruch said: "We are already working on the next generation of automatic transmissions, and when it comes to the number of speeds, we will not be left behind by the competition."
Source: Automotive News