By Nick Aziz
Friday, Jan 11th, 2008 @ 3:06 pm
 
Volvo has officially introduced its dual-clutch automatic transmission, dubbed Powershift. The new transmission -- which features six gears and twin wet clutches -- will be available beginning in February on diesel-powered Euro-spec C30, S40 and V50 models.

The new dual-clutch setup will improve performance while decreasing overall emissions. The transmission -- which can handle up to 330 lb-ft of torque -- helps the three diesel models hit 60 in around 9 seconds, while returning 47 miles per gallon. Powershift also reduces CO2 emissions.

"Lower fuel consumption allied to increased comfort and higher performance sounds like an impossible equation. But with Powershift we have shown this is perfectly possible," says Magnus Jonsson, Senior Vice President, Research & Development, Volvo Cars.

No word on when, or if, the new transmission will make it to the U.S.