Lexus develops new transmission for 2019 ES 350

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Lexus has introduced an all-new 8-speed direct-shift automatic transmission for its ES 350 sedan. Powered by a redeveloped 3.5-liter V6 designed to deliver commanding acceleration along with an improved sound, the ES now develops 300ps and 355Nm of torque.

The new eight-speed direct shift automatic transmission uses an ultra-thin torque converter and a multi-plate lock-up clutch to more efficiently transfer power to the front wheels, and has been tuned to deliver precisely timed shifts with quick pedal responses.

With a wider spread of ratios, the new eight-speed is able to utilize high torque gears on the low end for quick starts and tall gearing on the high end for optimum efficiency.

The updated powertrain, now equipped with D4-S fuel injection, offers increased power compared to the previous generation V6 with 18Nm more torque and an increase of 32ps.

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