The original Land Rover had a 4-speed gearbox from the Rover P3. The upcoming Land Rovers will have a 9-speed automatic they developed together with ZF. It's clever and all, but I'm just wondering where will it end?
This week in Detroit, ZF announced a 9-speed transmission for front-wheel-drive cars, saying the new 'box will enhance performance and fuel economy of cars with transversely-mounted engines. One more ratio and we can stick baseball cards in the spokes.