BMW to add Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch transmission to UKL models

BMW X1, News | May 12th, 2017 by 15
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All of BMW’s front-wheel drive-based models, under both the BMW and MINI brands, are based on what BMW calls the UKL architecture. This front-wheel drive-based …

All of BMW’s front-wheel drive-based models, under both the BMW and MINI brands, are based on what BMW calls the UKL architecture. This front-wheel drive-based architecture underpins everything from the BMW X1 and 2 Series Tourings to every MINI product. For the most part, the UKL platform has been highly successful for BMW, providing impressive performance and dynamics in spacious and affordable cars. So it seems that BMW has decided to give all UKL-based cars a bit of a boost with a new, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Up until now, every UKL-based car has had either a six-speed or eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission. Now, though, BMW is replacing those transmissions with a new dual-clutch unit that will provide a decrease in weight, faster shifts and increased fuel-economy. This new DCT will make its debut in the BMW X1 sDrive18i and the BMW X1 sDrive20i in Europe but could come ‘Stateside in the X1 xDrive28i and MINI products. Bigger engined vehicles will also get a Sport variant of the DCT, that comes with a sportier shift algorithm and paddle shifters. With a DCT, now BMW’s smaller cars compete better with Audi, who also uses a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic in all of its newer vehicles, such as the new A3 and Q2.

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Getrag will be the one supplying the DCT for BMW, which replaces the Aisin-sourced automatics previously used. Although, Getrag will only be supplying BMW with transverse-engine vehicles, while longitudinal-engine vehicles, such as all rear-wheel drive-based BMWs, will continue to use ZF-sourced transmissions.

This is a good move by BMW, as it will help bring fuel economy up while also bringing emissions down, as a dual-clutch transmissions is easier for an engine to run than a heavy torque-converter auto. The EU is cracking down on CO2 emissions and BMW needs to do something to better its vehicles. While a DCT won’t make a massive difference, compared to a standard auto, every little bit helps. Plus, it will also increase performance and give the cars a sportier feel. The DCT will be available on all UKL-based BMWs and will be available on both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants.

[Source: BimmerToday]

15 responses to “BMW to add Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch transmission to UKL models”

  1. Maxime Durez says:

    Didn’t they say DCT’s were going to be a thing of the past soon?

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    Hold on a minute… How you gon’ put a DCT on your econobox and not on your super sedan ?? I want to believe it’s because of AWD that the M5 will get the ZF8 but other companies can use their DCT on their AWD models

    • Most really torquey cars actually do use torque converter autos (Audi RS6, S8 Plus, Mercedes E63 AMG, Cadillac CTS-V). Plus, it’s cheaper to use the ZF8 rather than beef up a dct to handle the torque. We can talk about power, torque, etc. but it likely comes down to cost.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        No need to reach for excuses, at the end of the day it’s all down to cost.

      • Pictor says:

        Right. Just like the Panamera. Oh wait! That has a PDK.

      • Georgi Ujelidze says:

        bmw doesn’t produce torquey cars compared with other brands of premium segments. Cars produced by shitty bmw can only compete with likes of Nissan Leaf.

        • Pictor says:

          480 lb/ft at 1,800 rpm in the 550i isn’t torquey? What current A6/S6 variant or E-Class variant has more? Perhaps a XF-S?

          • Georgi Ujelidze says:

            Search for E63 AMG and get quiet, ignorant asshole. I’d take a 1995 VW Golf over the most “luxurious” bmw. Do you know why I wrote luxurious in brackets? Because bmw has nothing in common with luxury. bmw is only for brainless idiots.

  3. Fritz says:

    Can’t be worse than the Aisins they have now.

  4. Fritz says:

    Will they ditch the Aisin in the upcoming i8 Spyder as well?

  5. Georgi Ujelidze says:

    They may add whatever they wish, but they’ll always lag far behind Mercedes-Benz.

  6. Giuseppe Meazza says:

    Shitty bmw knows what seven speed transmission is? I’m amazed.

  7. disqus_sqmBVY4vjC says:

    Damn when does this come out? I’m in the market for an X1 right now. I drove an X1 and 330 back to back, both auto, and couldn’t tell much of a difference between the 2 transmissions. Even in sport modes.

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