Nine forward speeds appears, on the surface, to be overkill. ZF has been rather coy with the details of the new gearbox, but some bits of information seem to be becoming available, if not from ZF directly.
This 2001 BMW 740i has 37,300 miles and is a black on black example that has been kept in stock condition. The California-based seller purchased this car in April 2015 as a one-owner vehicle that spent its life in Florida as per the Carfax. The 4.4-liter V8 and Steptronic automatic transmission have