• Aug 23, 2006


Soon Volkswagen won't be the only automaker with a dual-clutch transmission on the market. Word from British auto mag CAR is that Mitsubishi will fit its upcoming EVO X super sedan with a similar six-speed transmission that employs two clutches. The transmission simultaneously allows one clutch to engage and another to disengage making for faster and smoother shifts than normal sequential gear boxes. VW's Direct-Shift Gearbox (DSG) has been on the market since 2002 and some believed the automaker would hold a monopoly on this type of transmission for some time since it developed the technology completely in-house. Any rival gearbox will probably run the risk of stepping on a few of VW patents, but CAR reports that Mitsubishi likely tapped an outside supplier to develop its version. Mitsubishi's six-speed dual-clutch transmission will also need to be one beefy piece of hardware in order to handle the supposed 300+ horsepower the EVO X is expected to generate. A traditional six-speed transmission will also be offered with the car for traditionalists.

[Source: CAR]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      "Take note, VW and Audi. *That's* how it's done."

      Which car are you referring to? The Veyron?

      All other models are offered with a standard transmission on top of the DSG, if it is offered.

      GLI: MT, DSG
      GTI: MT, DSG
      A3: MT, DSG
      TT: MT, DSG
      Golf R32: MT, DSG

      So tell VW-Audi again how it's done...?
      • 8 Years Ago
      FYI
      The Bugatti Veyron's DCT was developed/adapted by Ricardo, an OEM systems developer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      dont knock the DSG until you've tried it. i own a 07 GTI. its great and after all the mod's "265hp" at the wheels. the only difference between the both is you do feel more of the torque with the MT. thats the only diff. do i miss driving a MT. no not really. dont get me wrong both trans have their pro and cons. but for right now i prefer my DSG.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "A traditional six-speed transmission will also be offered with the car for traditionalists."

      Take note, VW and Audi. *That's* how it's done.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This Lancer body is going to compete with the Civic, Corolla, Cobolt, Focus, Sentra, Caliber.

      Who's got the styling? I think Lancer could do quite well in sales, as long as Mitsubishi doesn't make the interior look like some ghetto ricer junk!
      • 8 Years Ago
      From autospies:

      The twin/dual clutch gearbox was invented by Andolphe Kégresse in the late 1930s.

      Known as the "Transmission autoserve Kégresse" it was intended for the legendary Citroen Traction Avant.
      However, due to circumstances, it never made into the Traction Avant.
      After improvements it was presented at the 1947 Salon de Paris on a Citroen 11 CV.

      After more than 45 years since Andolphe Kégresse first created it, Porsche had the PDK twin-clutch put into their endurance racers. This PDK gearbox was also used by Audi in their some of their rally cars.

      Today BorgWarner is currently the leading manufacturer of this type of transmission.

      They are most commonly sold under the name Direct-Shift Gearbox, as sold by Volkswagen Group.

      In August 2005 BorgWarner, who call their technology "DualTronic", signed further agreements with two other (unnamed) European automotive manufacturers to incorporate their gearbox.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I recently drove a GLI with the DSG...GREAT transmission, matching revs on downshifts and very quick upshifts. The DSG in the R32 will be impressive.
      However, does anyone besides myself not care for the turbo power delivery? Tested the WRX and Evo IX and although good power; they aren't very smooth...almost jerky as you roll into the throttle.

      Chris
      • 8 Years Ago
      starting to like this, with DSG type trans this car will be unbeatable in canyons.
      • 8 Years Ago
      VW did not completely develop this trans in house, as the author incorrectly points out. It was done in conjunction with Borg-Warner. However, it seems neither company is in a hurry to liscense this technology so it will be interesting to see how it is accomplished on the Evo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Good for Mitsu, can't wait for the evo X
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's difficult to comment on the DSG if you haven't driven one....they are phenomenal. Test drive one in a GTI and GLI and I am confident you'll be impressed...the leftover (2006) GLI the dealer had on the lot had over 300 miles on it....I asked him why so many miles? He replied; everyone who wanted to try a DSG test drove this car...hmmmm brand new car being toyed with for 300 miles? I passed; but if it had 0 miles I probably would have bought it.

      Chris
      • 8 Years Ago
      Dr. Woo (#12) -- yes, you are correct in noting that VW/Audi offers both "true" manual and DSG in those models, however, VW/Audi does not offer a "true" manual in each flavor of each model. For example, in the U.S. one cannot (currently) get a 6 speed manual with the 3.2 V6 on the A3. Also, the new Mark V VW R32 will be DSG only. Another gap, is that there are several flavors of those models that don't offer DSG + quattro (in the U.S., anyway).
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