Which is the best or the strongest transmission option on the market right now?
Firstly, it isn’t easy to compare different types of gearboxes on one level. There are several types of transmissions or gearboxes available in the market, including MT (manual gearbox), AT (automatic gearbox), CVT (continuously variable transmission), and DCT (dual-clutch transmission).
Generally, we have several types of transmission/gearboxes, each with its characteristics; MT has the fun of manual control, AT has a good balance between ride comfort and driving pleasure, CVT has the best ride comfort, and DCT has high transmission efficiency and the best driving pleasure. So we evaluate them separately.
The Strongest Transmission Option In The Market
First of all, everyone has different standards for judging gearboxes. Some people think smoothness is the most important, some think shifting efficiency is the most important, and some think shifting speed is the most important. My conclusions are my opinion; everyone is welcome to enlighten me.
Best Manual Transmission: Volkswagen MQ200 and MQ250
The manual transmissions of mainstream joint venture manufacturers are okay, but I think the best MT is Volkswagen. The manual transmissions made by VW, known as MQ200 and MQ250, are among the top choices in the market. They are widely regarded as some of the best manual transmissions available. The suction is good, the shift is brisk, the half-clutch state can be easily engaged, and the response is quick.
Best Automatic Transmission: BMW ZF 8AT
Although endless high-end AT gearboxes are on the market, such as Aisin’s 10AT, GM’s 10AT, etc., I will vote for ZF when choosing the best AT gearbox.
As BMW’s royal transmission, the ZF 8AT adopts a vertical structure, which can support greater torque output and smart shift logic. Smoothness and reliability are also good.
Best Dual Clutch Transmission: Porsche’s PDK Tiptronic
Although there are better dual-clutch gearboxes on the market, such as Volkswagen, Hyundai, and Lynk & Co, the dual-clutch, as mentioned earlier, gearboxes are solid, but the best dual-clutch gearbox is PDK. PDK’s dual-clutch transmission can withstand 50 ejections without attenuation. The shift time in normal mode is 0.04 seconds, and in sports mode, it can reach 0.02 seconds and withstand a torque of up to 1000N.m. The cost of a PDK dual-clutch gearbox is close to that of a Volkswagen Golf.
Best Continuously Variable Transmission: Toyota’s All-New CVT
First, Toyota’s ECVT is not a CVT, so it is not included in the discussion. In addition, I know that Nissan has a more extended history of using CVT, but Nissan’s CVT tuning is more conservative.
Although Honda’s CVT works well with Earth Dream, its quality stability is average, so I vote for Toyota.
The traditional CVT relies on the friction between the steel belt and the pulley to transmit the CVT. Due to the continuously variable transmission, the smoothness of the CVT transmission is excellent. However, if the input torque is too large, it may cause the Steel belt to slip.
The new CVT gearbox from Toyota features an intelligent innovation. A 2AT gearbox is integrated into this gearbox. This is responsible for low-speed and high-torque conditions, helping to obtain greater torque when starting and overtaking at low speeds.
Whether it is CVT, AT, MT, or DCT, these transmissions have their characteristics. The most important thing is to choose the transmission that suits you.