27 Feb '13, 3am

ZF 9HP transmission for Range Rover Evoque – world’s first nine-speed auto for a passenger car

ZF 9HP transmission for Range Rover Evoque – world’s first nine-speed auto for a passenger car

ZF 9HP transmission for Range Rover Evoque – world’s first nine-speed auto for a passenger car By Jonathan James Tan on February 27, 2013 The Range Rover Evoque is to have its current six-speeder replaced by the ZF 9HP transmission, becoming the world’s first passenger car with a nine-speed auto gearbox. Increasing the number of ratios from six to nine improves fuel economy and reduces CO2 emissions. The more closely-spaced ratios result in better acceleration response, while the higher top gear provides added refinement. Land Rover, who is the lead partner on the ZF 9HP project, says the robust gearbox is suited to its models’ rugged all-terrain ability. The ZF 9HP’s lowest ratio is far lower than the current six-speeder’s, and is specifically designed for off-road use. Unlike the outgoing gearbox’s sequential operation, the new boy has a ‘skip-shift’ function – which mea...

Full article: http://paultan.org/2013/02/27/range-rover-evoque-nine-speed/

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