General Motors has bypassed the nine-speed automatic gearbox trend, and stuck to its guns with the the automaker’s eight-speed unit as of recent. But, the fruits of GM’s strategic collaboration with Ford on a 10-speed automatic gearbox have surfaced with the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Despite sharing development with Ford, the 2017 Camaro ZL1 features unique calibrations and hardware specifically designed and engineered for the high-performance Camaro. In addition to the 2017 Camaro ZL1, GM stated it will introduce the 10-speed unit on eight vehicle models by 2018.
The 10-speed auto has been developed for rear-wheel drive application only, meaning, likely contenders to receive the unit first are Chevrolet and GMC trucks and SUVs. Cadillac could also be up for the 10-speed unit too, knowing the gearbox is right at home with the Alpha-based, sixth-generation Camaro. And let’s not forget about the body-on-frame Escalade, or the C7 Corvette.
In the meantime, GM and Ford are also said to be sharing development over a new nine-speed transmission for front-wheel drive applications.
We’ll surely have more information on the General’s latest transmission following the ZL1’s proper introduction at the 2016 New York International Auto Show next week.