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Camaro ZL1 Tells Us What To Hope For From Ford F-150 Raptor Transmission

The 10-speed transmission bound for duty in the Ford F-150 Raptor, as well as the more-mainstream F-150 3.5L EcoBoost, was the product of a seemingly unnatural cooperative effort between Ford and General Motors.

Yet, as uneasy as that coming-together must have been, we’ve nothing but high expectations from the new 10-speed automatic as it proliferates throughout both automakers’ RWD lineups. For General Motors, the first application of the new self-shifting gearbox will be the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1; those F-150 Raptor fans curious about how the new transmission will perform should look no further than to that high-envelope pony car.

To that end, a recent article published by our sister site, GM Authority, delves into the performance of the GM-Ford 10-speed auto in its future role as the forthcoming ZL1’s new slushbox. Like the 8-speed GM 8L90 before it, the new transmission will reportedly shift faster than Porsche’s esteemed PDK dual-clutch. Unlike that unit, the GM-Ford-developed 10-speed being deployed in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor this autumn has a greater spread, with ten forward gear ratios “continuously [keeping] power at the driver’s fingertips.”

Check out GM Authority for more.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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