Volkswagen has cancelled development of a 10-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Friedrich Eichler, head of powertrain development for the Volkswagen Group, confirmed the project’s demise with Automotive News on the sidelines of last month’s International Vienna Motor Symposium.
Eichler told the industry publication, “Two months ago, I had the prototype crushed”.
He noted the project was given the go-ahead during Volkswagen’s “bigger is better” engineering era. Eichler did leave open the option of the project being revived at some later date, stating, “Of course, I saved all the data”.
The 10-speed DSG unit was first announced at the 2014 Vienna Motor Symposium. Originally slated to handle torque outputs up to 550Nm, the 10-speed transmission was designed to work with both longitudinal and transverse engines.
As with other transmissions boasting a high gear count, such as those from Lexus, Ford and GM, the German automaker had hoped the 10-speed DSG would not only decrease fuel economy, but also improve performance.
Reports elsewhere suggest the project was cancelled due to problems related to the transmission’s complexity and cost.