Good news for those of you who are not fans of the CVT (Continuously variable transmission) as Audi has announced development on this type of gearbox has ceased. In an interview to Motoring, Audi’s driving behavior engineer Ralph Riegger said this type of transmission will not be found in next generation models from Ingolstadt wearing the four ring logo.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with CVTs, when a vehicle is equipped with one the engine revs rise while the transmission rations constantly adjust in order to catch up. Ralph Riegger told Motoring that the CVT “isn’t being developed anymore. It served its purpose because it was very good for fuel economy, but now we have this new stepped transmission that is better.”
Audi refers to the continuously variable transmission as “multitronic” and it’s currently available on several models such as the A4, A5, A6, as well as in the front-wheel drive variant of the A7. In terms of replacement, the CVT will be nixed to make room for an evolution of the 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DSG) which can already be had on select models part of the Volkswagen Group.
In an Audi, expect this transmission to make its debut on the next generation A4 (B9) which should be revealed in the first half of 2015 before going on sale towards the end of the same year.