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BMW prefers 8-speed automatic over dual-clutch for volume vehicles

by Jeremy Korzeniewski (RSS feed) on Feb 2nd, 2009 at 6:32PM

In the fierce competition between luxury automakers, every detail is a potential battlefield, including the number of forward ratios in an automatic transmission. Mercedes-Benz struck first with its seven-speed automatic, which prompted eight-speed responses from Lexus, along with BMW, Audi and even Hyundai. These slushboxes are packed with technology and can either rifle off extremely fast up- and downshifts or coddle their occupants with velvety smooth transitions. The newest front, though, replaces the traditional torque converter with a set of clutches that hand off gearchanges from... Read More

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