8-speed Automatic Transmission For VW Amarok


People say the reason car makers put more gears into their gearboxes because they need to keep up with the competition. But there’s more it really, it is now more about economy. In the new Volkswagen Amarok for example, 8-speed automatic transmission together with BlueMotion Technology increases comfort and cuts consumption.

From 2012 the gearbox options available for the successful Amarok will include an innovative 8-speed automatic transmission. Consumption of just 7.6 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 199 g/km set this Amarok apart in the 1-tonne pick-up market.

What’s more, with the automatic gearbox, the Amarok’s towing capacity has now been increased to 3.2 metric tonnes (up to 12% gradient) – which is a superior value in its class. Meanwhile you get better driving comfort quality with a trailer load or high payload.

amarok 8 speed Automatic Transmission For VW Amarok

VW press release:

Sporting a new 8-speed automatic transmission, the Amarok is the first pick-up in its class to have a transmission system of this kind. The additional gear levels made it possible to achieve a broader gear ratio spread between the 1st and 8th gears compared to a conventional automatic transmission. That had some very positive effects: thanks to this greater spread the TDI engine works even more effectively in every rev range, and it is more fuel-efficient and agile. Moreover, 8th gear was configured as a fuel-saving overdrive gear that operates at reduced engine speed. The first gear is configured for pulling away in off-road use or when towing. Like the manual version, the Amarok with automatic transmission and permanent 4-wheel drive is thus also highly capable in all-terrain use without any need for additional reduction gearing. The low engine revs that are generated also have a beneficial effect in terms of low-noise comfort. To isolate the drivetrain as ideally as possible from engine vibrations, enhanced torque converters with optimised vibration dampers are also used.

Combining the new automatic gearbox with the engine’s Stop/Start function is not only something unique – it is also convenient. The driver does not need to do anything special here: when the brake pedal is pressed at a stop, the engine shuts off, and when the brake pedal is released, the TDI immediately starts up again.

In order for the Amarok’s Stop/Start system to function smoothly throughout every phase, the transmission has to provide sufficient oil pressure to ensure slip-free power transfer within the gear-shifting components. Therefore, the system has an electric pump, which maintains the necessary stable oil pressure within the hydraulic system during the engine’s ‘Stop’ phase.

This great technological sophistication – combined with BlueMotion Technology that includes battery regeneration and low rolling resistance tyres – is clearly noticeable in the vehicle’s fuel consumption. Unlike comparable rival models, fuel consumption and CO2 emission values of Volkswagen’s premier pick-up with automatic transmission are lower than those of the 120-kW version with manual transmission – just 7.6 litres per 100 km and 199 g/km respectively – making it the most fuel-efficient in its class.
The new automatic transmission is combined with permanent 4-wheel drive and a new engine: a 132 kW / 180 PS 2.0-litre bi-turbo TDI. It has a maximum torque of 420 Newton metres and thus produces very good driving performance and a relaxed ride – even when towing or with a heavy payload. The top speed of 179 km/h is reached in 7th gear. It only takes 8.5 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h.

The Amarok with double cab will be available in all three versions with this innovative, powerful and at the same time fuel-efficient and comfortable drive system starting in January.

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