CVT Audi 0AW

The Audi 0AW or Multitronic VL-381 continuously variable transmission was produced from 2007 to 2016 and was installed on many popular Audi models with power units up to 400 Nm of torque. At the moment, the VAG concern has abandoned continuously variable transmissions with a pulling belt.

VAG CVTs: 01J, 0AW, 0AN.


Production years 2007 – 2016
Type CVT (continuously variable transmission)
Number of gears
Type of drive front
Engine volume, l up to 3.2
Torque output, Nm up to 400
Recommended oil G 052 516 A2
Oil capacity, liter 7.0
Replacing the oil every 60,000 km
Replacing the filter every 60,000 km
Gearbox lifespan, km ~200 000

Gear ratios Audi 0AW

Using the example of a Audi A4 2009 with a 2.7 liter engine:

Forward 2.478 – 0.369
Reverse 2.998
Final Drive 5.625

The transmission was installed on:

  • Audi A4 B8 in 2007 – 2016;
  • Audi A5 B8 in 2007 – 2016;
  • Audi A6 C6 in 2008 – 2011; A6 C7 in 2010 – 2015;
  • Audi A8 D3 in 2007 – 2009.

Disadvantages of the Audi 0AW gearbox

  • A car with such a gearbox cannot be towed, the CVT will immediately fail.
  • The electronic control unit often fails, but sometimes everything is solved by flushing.
  • The drive chain usually stretches to 200,000 km and here it is important not to miss the moment.
  • For the electrical part of the gearbox, along with the solenoids, the Rotor speed sensor is often changed.
  • Other weak points include the injection pump and Teflon rings.

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