ZF 6HP transmission
The ZF 6HP was the first six-speed automatic transmission in a production passenger car. Released as the 6HP26 by ZF Friedrichshafen in 2000, it was manufactured by ZF Getriebe GmbH in Saarbrücken, Germany. Other variations of the first generation 6HP in addition to the 6HP26, were: 6HP19, and 6HP32 having lower and higher torque capacity, respectively.
In 2007, the second generation of the 6HP series was introduced, with models 6HP21 and 6HP28. A 6HP34 was planned, but never went into production.
The 6HP uses a Lepelletier epicyclic/planetary gearset, which can provide more gear ratios with significantly fewer components. This means the 6HP26 is actually lighter than its five-speed 5HP predecessors. It also has the capability to achieve torque converter lock-up on all six forward gears, and disengage it completely when at a standstill, dramatically closing the fuel efficiency gap between automatic and manual transmissions.
The last 6HP automatic transmission was produced by the Saarbrücken plant in March 2014 after 7,050,232 units were produced. The ZF plant in Shanghai continued to produce the 6HP for the Chinese market.
- 1 Problems
- 2 First generation
- 3 Second generation
- 4 See also
- 5 References
Problems with this transmission are well known. This transmission locks up the torque converter in all gears, increasing wear. Combined with a sealed transmission pan and "lifetime fluid", some people have experienced catastrophic transmission failure.
There are also problems with the valve block and solenoids. When this failure starts to occur, shift quality and speed, torque transfer and even loss of ability to engage gears can occur. These problems led Volkswagen AG to extend the warranty on all of their vehicles equipped with this transmission to 100,000 miles or 10 years.
The 6HP19 transmission was a development of the original 6HP26, but was downgraded for less demanding applications. As such, the 6HP19 is rated at 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) of torque.
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Rear-wheel drive cars:
- BMW X3
- BMW 520i (E60)
- BMW 530i, (E60), pre-LCI
- BMW 630i, (E63), pre-LCI
- BMW 320i, 325i, 330i, 335i (E90), pre-LCI
- BMW 116i, 118i, 120i (E87), pre-LCI
- Audi (B6) S4 (Typ 8E/8H)
- Audi (B7) S4 (Typ 8E/8H)
- VW Phaeton (Typ 3D)
- VW Touareg (Typ 7L)
- Audi Q7 (Typ 4L)
- Audi A6 (Typ C6/4F) 3.0 TDI / 3.2 FSI
- Audi A8 (Typ D3/4E) 3.0 TDI / 3.2 FSI
The 6HP26 was the original variation of the 6HP, released in 2000. It was rated for a maximum input torque of 600 newton metres (443 lbf·ft). It was first used by the BMW 7 Series (E65) in the 2001. Initially reserved for high end luxury and sports cars, ZF made the 6HP26 available to Hyundai for use on its 2009 model year V8 Genesis.
Several versions of the 6HP26 are available depending on application and brand: 6HP26, 6HP26A and 6HP26X.
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Two-wheel drive version:
- 2001–2008 BMW 7 Series (E65) 730i, 735i, 745i, 760i, 730d and 740d
- 2002–2005 Jaguar XK8/XKR (X100)
- 2003–2012 Aston Martin DB9
- 2003–2010 BMW 5 Series (E60)
- 2003–2010 BMW 6 Series (E63)
- 2009–2012 Hyundai Genesis Sedan 4.6 liter V8
- 2003–2008 Jaguar S-Type
- 2003–2009 Jaguar XJ (X350)
- 2003–2012 Rolls-Royce Phantom
- 2004–2006 BMW X5 (E53) V8
- 2005–2011 BMW 3 Series (E90)
- 2005–2016 Ford Falcon (BF, FG, FG X turbocharged inline-six and V8) Although production of the transmission ended in 2014, Ford retained sufficient inventory to last until end of Falcon production in 2016.
- 2005–2014 Ford Territory (SY AWD; SZ petrol)
- 2006–2010 Jaguar XK/XKR (X150)
- 2007–2013 BMW X5 (E70), except 4.0d
- 2007–2012 Maserati Quattroporte
- 2007–present Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé
- 2008–2012 Aston Martin DBS V12
- 2008–2012 BMW 7 Series (F01), except 740d xDrive, 760i/Li and Hybrid 7
- 2008–2011 Kia Mohave
- 2008–2012 Jaguar XF (X250)
- 2006–2009 Bentley Arnage
- 2008–2011 Bentley Brooklands
- 2010–2012 Aston Martin Rapide
- 2011 Hyundai Equus
The 6HP26A is a variation of the 6HP26 for four-wheel drive applications. It was used by the Volkswagen Group for some permanent four-wheel drive models.
- 2002–present Volkswagen Phaeton (Typ 3D)
- 2003–2009 Audi A8 (D3, Typ 4E)
- 2006–2009 Audi S8 (D3, Typ 4E)
- 2003–present Bentley Continental GT
- 2005–present Bentley Continental Flying Spur
- 2006–2011 Audi S6 (C6, Typ 4F)
- 2008–2010 Audi RS6 (C6, Typ 4F)
The 6HP26X is another variation of the 6HP26, also for four-wheel drive applications. This transmission is suitable for 4WDs with a separate transfer box (the "X" stands for external 4WD).
- 2003–2013 Range Rover
- 2006–2013 Range Rover Sport, 4.4- and 5.0-litre AJV8 models
- 2005–2013 Land Rover Discovery
- 2007 BMW X3 (E83) 3.0d (some models)
- 2005–2011 BMW 330d (E90/91) Xdrive
- BMW E65 745d (LCI)
- Volkswagen Phaeton 5.0 V10 TDi (6HP-32A, internal 4x4)
The 6HP21 was a low-torque variation of the 6HP produced in China.
- 2014–2016 Ford Falcon (FG X inline-four and naturally-aspirated inline-six)
- 2014–2016 Ford Territory (SZ II petrol)
The 6HP28 was the second generation of the 6HP gearbox, introduced in mid 2006.
Two-wheel drive version:
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- "Review: Ford FG X Falcon (2014–16)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- Markus, Frank (November 2001). "BMW 745i – First Drive Review". Car and Driver. Archived from the original on 18 September 2014.
- "2003 model year XK service training technical guide" (PDF). Jaguar Cars North America. 30 September 2002. p. 4. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 January 2016.
- Crawford, Anthony (25 July 2007). "2007 Aston Martin DB9 Coupe Road Test". CarAdvice. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
- "Aston Martin Automatic Gearboxes". JT Automatics Ltd. Archived from the original on 25 April 2016.
- "Review: Ford BF Falcon (2005–10)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- "Review: Ford FG Falcon (2008–14)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- "Review: Ford SY Territory (2005–11)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- "Review: Ford SZ Territory (2011–16)". AustralianCar.Reviews. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
- "ZF 6HP26 Transmission" (PDF). Retrieved 02.02.2017. Check date values in: