Report: Mercedes Seeks Supplier for Eight-Speed Manumatic

According to German mag Auto Motor und Sport Mercedes is looking toward suppliers to provide a new eight-speed, dual-clutch gearbox rather than build such clockworks in house. The move would give Merc a performance differentiator against Lexus and BMW, who are pursuing fully automatic eightswappers. According to the report, usual transmission suspects Getrag or ZF will be the most likely for the project. We suggest Shimano. [via Motor Authority]