ZF 8-Speed Auto Transmission Production Commences For BMW

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German luxury car manufacturer BMW is among the frontrunners in terms of engineering innovations. Their vehicles have the latest technology that the company can provide. BMW strives to make its vehicles the best driver centric cars.

BMW has now announced it will be commencing the production of its ZF 8-speed automatic transmission on a large volume. The transmission is said to be for its 5 Series vehicles. The engineers have focussed on reducing drag torques and engine speed.

Dr. Jurgen Greiner, head of Passenger Car Transmission Development at ZF Friedrichshafen AG said, "Our longstanding customer BMW is impressively demonstrating how to successfully make vehicles more efficient yet more dynamic at the same time."

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He further added, "Therefore, we are particularly delighted that the premium manufacturer is the first OEM to rely on the second generation of our 8-speed automatic transmission that, when it comes to these criteria, is also groundbreaking."

Production of the new transmission 8HP has commenced from July onwards. It will first be offered in BMW 520d as a 8HP50 variant, this is engineered for engines producing torque in range of 500Nm. They will also introduce a 8HP75, which will be for engines producing in excess of 750 Nm torque.

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The New 8-speed auto transmission features several new technologies. It gets more optimized gear sets, which helps in lower fuel consumptions. The CO2 emission standard has been improved for the future, however torque and performance is not sacrificed.

The transmission is engineered for maximum fuel efficiency and will feature a temporary engine stop. Coasting function with the new transmission is possible for speeds up to 160 km/h. Even, when the vehicle comes to a standstill the engine will be shut off without any delays.

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Story first published: Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:09 [IST]
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