Marcus De Guzman / Volkswagen | May 10, 2017 07:38
Volkswagen drops fuel efficient DCT project, prototype crushed
Volkswagen's dream of putting a 10-speed dual-clutch gearbox in their automobiles has been snuffed out. In a report by Automotive News, the Wolfsburg-based automaker recently dropped the ambitious project altogether.
First announced during the 2013 Vienna Motor Symposium, the 10-speed dual clutch gearbox was aimed at reducing fuel consumption and was originally intended for a high-performance diesel engine that is capable of putting out 136 PS per liter of displacement.
Available for either rear-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive cars, Volkswagen planned on using the 10-speed DCT in existing (Golf, Polo etc.) and other future nameplates. In addition, the transmission was capable of handling more than 500 Nm of torque.
Friedrich Eichler, Volkswagen's powertrain chief, said that he already had the prototype crushed. He did, however saved all of the data from the project. This could mean that Volkswagen either plans on restarting the project in the not so distant future, or use the date to help make another tranmission.
Back in September 2015, Volkswagen put the 10-speed DCT on hold due to its complexity and high costs. As development costs went higher and the DCT itself still too complex to work on, Volkswagen ultimately decided to abandon it.