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New Sasol GTC cars set for thrills

The iconic Grand Prix Circuit will present a new challenge to the GTC drivers as they tackle the country’s fastest racetrack on June 16.

Suzuki’s new Swift hatch and sedan in SA

Suzuki kicks off its new model assault with an all new Swift hatchback and standalone sedan called the Dzire.

VW's DSG shifts up a gear

2008-01-09 07:42
Volkswagen's pioneering DSG twin-clutch gearbox makes its debut in revised form this year, now equipped with seven gears and a few innovative tricks thrown in for good measure.

Described by the manufacturer a being "revolutionary", the new transversely mounted seven-speed DSG gearbox adopts a pair or dry clutches rather than the existing oil-immersed system.

This is said to significantly reduce weight, while improving the efficiency of the system and making the gearbox more compact.

Lower gears are more closely spaced, so in-gear acceleration is improved and overtaking is easier, while taller high gears reduce engine load and increase fuel economy.

The seven-speed transmission is designed to operate under "moderate power and torque loadings" and will be offered in addition to the current six-speed DSG.

And while VWSA told Wheels24 that "there are no plans as yet to bring the seven-speed DSG to South Africa", the new gearbox should filter through the local line-up in due time.

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