Hybrid DCT, torque-vectoring EV in Magna product plan

From a 7-speed Getrag dual-clutch hybrid-electric transmission to a 3-motor electric-axle layout enabling torque vectoring and improved dynamic handling for battery-powered cars, Magna’s powertrain division is preparing for the next generation of sophisticated propulsion systems.

Magnaacquired transmission specialist Getrag just last year, and already the company is shopping to potential automaker customers prototype cars integrating the latest Getrag transmissions, such as the new 6MTI550 manual for torque applications up to 590 lb.-ft. (800 Nm).

Installed on a BMW 340i, the 6MT is intended for low-volume inline engine applications and is compatible with all-wheel drive and stop/start systems. Maximum input speed is 7,000 rpm, and Magna says the modular design can be scaled for torque density, gear number, spread and synchronizer technology. The transmission also is suited for light-duty commercial vehicles. This article first appeared in WardsAuto.

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