Now a 10-speed transmission???

Hyundai’s responsible for this one people. According to a report, the Korean automaker is hard at work on a 10-speed automatic transmission. We’ve recently witnessed 6-speed automatics applied as the standard throughout most vehicles, 7-speed manuals coming to life, 8-speeds used in more luxurious cars, 9-speeds being developed by ZF and now 10?? What’s the benefit of tacking on more forward-driven gears?

All manufacturers are responsible for decreasing the carbon footprint of their cars, cutting fuel consumption figures and helping vehicles meet stricter emissions standards. Using smaller engines is one way to go, but that can only be effective for so long. The other way is to increase the number of gears available in transmissions.

This type of transmission will definitely be great when used in luxury cruisers but I’m not sure if it’ll be the best solution for sports cars. The Lexus IS-F’s 8-speed was already a nuisance for most so I can’t see a 10-speed being any better. Then again, this isn’t meant for that type of application and thankfully, Porsche’s answer in the form of a 7-speed manual will be here for a long time!

[Source: Automotive News]

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2 Comments on “Now a 10-speed transmission???”

  1. hobag Says:

    A 10 speed, really? I suppose I can see the fuel consumption benefits, but is this really necesary? In the more luxurious cars, maybe, they have the power, but the average consumer will be looking at four-bangers (4 cyl engines) in their daily drivers. 10 speeds on a 100hp engine is like having two dicks and no arms with no women in sight. Forgive my ignorance, but that’s just how I see it.

  2. Nancy Says:

    Wow. I really interested to your post. It is really impressive. You gave me a lot of information about it.

    “Engine & Transmission World”

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