Cars - Volkswagen unveils new? State-of-the-art? Manual gearbox

Published on July 17, 2019
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Volkswagen has lifted the wraps off its newly developed, “highly efficient” manual gearbox, dubbed the MQ281, which the Wolfsburg-based automaker says will soon be introduced into a number of its vehicles.

The MQ281 was developed primarily to improve efficiency. The manual cog-swapper has a high gear ratio of 7,89. Volkswagen claims it offers good acceleration and improved fuel-economy, the latter achieved by initiating higher gears with low engine speed. The German firm also claims, depending on the engine-gearbox setup, up to five grams of CO2 per 100 km can be shaved off the vehicle’s emissions rating and NVH has significantly improved. The MQ281 is capable of handling torque outputs of 200 to 340 N.m.

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