The Vienna Motor Symposium is where automakers and suppliers gather annually to discuss topics like new engines and powertrains, fuels, emissions and coming legislation. During last year's gathering Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said his in-house engineers were working on a ten-speed DSG transmission. This year in Vienna the topic was picked up again by brand development head Hans-Jakob Neusser, who divulged a few details on the new shifter but not when we would see it.
When Winterkorn spoke of it last year, Automotive News said that it would "likely will be used in vehicles with longitudinally mounted gasoline or diesel engines, such as the Touareg SUV and Audi A8 sedan," and would be compatible with rear- and all-wheel drive. A report in Autocar on Neusser's talk says that ten-speed dual-clutch 'box "is planned to be used in both transverse and longitudinal engine applications," and will be capable of handling 369 pound-feet of torque.
Mentioned as a replacement for the current six-speed DSG unit specifically developed for "higher-powered engines with torques of over 250 Nm," (184 lb-ft), speculation is that it will go into the brand's premium cars to help lower emissions by up to 15 percent by 2020.