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Jack Roush Jr. Pleasantly Surprised With The Ford Mustang’s Automatic: Video

If you do any amount of reading on websites targeted at automotive enthusiasts, you’re likely aware that the answer to absolutely everything is “manual transmission.” Clearly.

Yet alternatives to the “standard”-type gearbox do exist; there are both single- and dual-clutch automated “manuals,” continuously-variable transmissions, and of course, so-called “planetary” automatics. And somehow or another, that last one on the list keeps finding its way into performance cars, including the current-generation Ford Mustang. How pesky.

Here to try out an automatic-equipped Ford Mustang on the turns of Michigan’s Gingerman Raceway is Jack Roush Jr., son of Roush Performance Owner/Operator Jack Roush. What’s more, the younger Roush won’t be driving just any old Ford Mustang; he’ll be driving a Roush Stage 3 example, which cranks up the performance of the V8-powered GT with a 2.3-liter supercharger, adjustable coilover suspension, a few aero bits, and high-performance Cooper RS3 tires.

So, does the planetary automatic transmission – the very thing that some journalists have made a career out of loathing – neuter the performance of the Roush Stage 3 Ford Mustang? Does it rob the driver of what usually amounts to copious, addictive levels of gratification? Watch the video above to find out.

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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