One of the best facets surrounding the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is the first application on the General Motors-Ford, co-developed 10-speed automatic transmission. With this gearbox, the Camaro ZL1 is capable of blasting around the famed Nürburgring at a stupid quick 7:29.6.
But, what about in a straight line from a dig? Hennessey Performance Engineering has answered the question as to how the transmission behaves in a new video.
At launch, gears one through six are clipped off at a lightning pace, while things slow down thereafter. That’s not to say it’s sluggish, though. Seventh gear is held onto much longer, extracting everything it can. It’s clear the top three gears are saved for fuel economy.
By the time the ZL1 shifts into eighth gear, the car is hustling at 180 MPH with two gears left. HPE was able to clock a 0-180 time of 26.2 seconds with a pretty soft launch of the car.
We’ll begin to see GM apply the 10-speed auto to more of its rear-wheel drive vehicles in the near future, though, the gearbox won’t be tuned quite like it is for the Camaro ZL1. This particular application was earned by the Camaro team’s hard work. Have a look at the run up above.