If you’re a diehard muscle car enthusiast, odds are you’ve already heard that Ford and Chevrolet have teamed up to develop a new gearbox. As unlikely as it sounds, the idea behind the joint development was to save money as both automakers can use the new 10-speed automatic transmission. As it turns out, both the new Chevrolet Camaro and Ford Mustang will share the new transmission.
This is the same transmission that Chevrolet has already claimed shifts faster than Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch. That’s not something to take lightly and that means both the Camaro and Mustang could become more performance-driven than ever before.
That’s good news for performance enthusiasts, especially since Chevrolet has already ruled out both a hybrid, diesel, and all-wheel drive Camaro. With the latest Camaro preparing to hit markets, it’s good to hear that the engineering and design teams won’t leave the muscle car’s history in the dust.
“Those of us that work on the Camaro are purists, we love the original, long hood, the strong shoulders, the mantra that ‘nobody needs a Camaro, they want a Camaro.’ You know, I think for the foreseeable future, you’re going to see us stay true to Camaro heritage,” said Al Oppenheiser, head engineer of Camaro.
Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we can’t wait to see the Camaro smoke the Mustang, new gearbox and all!