One of the most stand-out features of the Chevy’s brutish Camaro ZL1 is its ...
One of the most stand-out features of the Chevy’s brutish Camaro ZL1 is its optional 10-speed automatic transmission.
The gearbox, also found in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, and was able to help get the Camaro ZL1 around the Nurburgring in the blistering 7:29.6.
We already know a 10-speed is the major part of the Camaro ZL1’s high-performance drivetrain, but thanks to the video below, we can see exactly how it behaves at full throttle and the high speeds.
Hennessey Performance lined up its fully stock 10-speed equipped Camaro ZL1 for the 0-180 mph run to extract some straight-line data.
During this pull, Hennessey Performance was able to achieve the 3.6-second 0-60 time, and the 7.6-second 0-100 time, and the 26.2-second 0-180 time—all despite the seemingly soft launch.
What is interesting is just how much spacing there is between some of the gears. Through a first six gear ratios, every gear is very closely spaced, and clearly aimed for maximum power output and the performance.
But as the vehicle shifts into seventh, the RPMs drop significantly, indicating that the gears seven through ten are optimized for economy driving.
It’s like having the close-ratio racing gearbox and the economy-minded transmission all in one. Watch this video to see how the 10-speed stacks up as it climbs to 180 mph.
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