Speaking of how awesome Kia seems to be getting, they have just unveiled their own Seven-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Not only have they revealed this awesome bit of kit, it will be appearing in their productions models as soon as early 2015.
Whilst performance gains are a big advantage of DCTs, Kia has developed theirs to also provide greater fuel efficiency too. Following in the likes of Volkswagen, the DCT will replace their existing six-speed automatics currently available in todays production cars.
Kia has stated that there should be an improved of up to 7% for fuel economy and 5% improvement for acceleration times.
The DCT is made up of two dry clutches, each fitted with an electric motor-driven clutch actuator to improve fuel economy, and a pair of gear input shafts, one each for the odd and even gear ratios.
This set-up enables the DCT to operate sequentially or to jump immediately to any of its seven forward gears (and reverse) depending on the driver’s requirements.
The continuous power delivery offered by the DCT minimises the loss of torque by the powertrain during gear shifting and ensures a smoother drive in all conditions. The wide ratio coverage afforded to the engine by the seven-speed gearbox results in improved fuel efficiency and performance over rival six-speed DCTs.
The new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will start to appear on production Kia cars in 2015.