The auto industry is just starting to adopt the eight-speed automatic transmission, but that has not stopped ZF from introducing the first nine-speed automatic gearbox.

The auto industry is just starting to adopt the eight-speed automatic transmission, but that hasn't stopped ZF from introducing the world's first nine-speed automatic gearbox.

Dubbed the 9HP, the transmission promises up to a 16 percent improvement in fuel efficiency compared to the current crop of six-speed automatics. Furthermore, the gearbox is highly-adaptable and can work with engine start/stop systems, hybrid powertrains, and all-wheel drive systems. However, the transmission can only accommodate torque outputs that range from 280 to 480 Nm (206 to 354 lb-ft).

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