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Old 12-11-2017, 02:26 PM   #1
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Test drove the '18, not sure about the automatic

I test drove a 5.0 automatic and the good news it is fast. I don't remember my '11 5.0 being anywhere that powerful; for the last 4 years, I have been driving a 2012 with a 3.7 and manual transmission. I'm thinking of getting the new 10 speed automatic, as I am 67 and may get tired of shifting in the next few years, but the automatic I drove seemed to shift up and down a lot, and I didn't really like it. Of course, I drove it on mostly busy roads so that was part of the problem. On the freeway it accelerated to over 100 in what seemed to be a heartbeat, the dealer let me take it out alone. Has anyone else driven the automatic and if so what were your impressions?
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I’ve not driven one, but according to the road tests I’ve read on this transmission:
Seems like it is the best of both worlds in that you have blistering acceleration in the first four gears, yet very relaxed highway rpm in 10th.
The reviews I’ve read indicate that the trans is able to shift three or four gears (up and down) when needed, and does so seamlessly.
I am frankly surprised that you felt the new 10 speed was hunting for the right gear — none of the reviewers have said that in either the F-150 or the Mustang.
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Its actually not that much more powerful, but when you have 10 gears you can gear the first 4 or 5 ridiculously steep so it feels like you are launching with 4.56s but when you hit final overdrive you can do 80 at 2k.

Its been apparent since 2011 that the auto was the way to go but now its REALLY the way to go. Manual if you just want a manual but its the inferior trans. And its not even close...
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I know the 10 speed is the better of the two transmission options. I have had two MT82s and I think they are one step above junk, mostly because of the shifter. I guess I need to go and drive the 6 speed and see what it is like; the dealer did not have one on the lot. Perhaps it is just me liking to choose the gear I'm in. I was sold on the 10 speed until I drove it and now I'm having second thoughts. I think once I have driven a manual I'll be able to make my final decision with a little more confidence. The acceleration with that 10 speed was something else however, nothing wrong with it while it is going up through the gears, the shifts were quick. It was the stop and go traffic that left me lukewarm about it.
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how was the down shifting getting to s stop. i drove my wife's charger r/t with the 8-speed in it and it seemed to throw you forward in the last few gears.
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how was the down shifting getting to s stop. i drove my wife's charger r/t with the 8-speed in it and it seemed to throw you forward in the last few gears.
Nothing struck me as a problem when the care was downshifting while coming to a stop. To me it was that it just shifted between gears a lot, or at least that was my perception. If you drive an automatic today you will probably be ok with the transmission. For someone that has been driving a stick I just felt in traffic it went through too many gears and I could feel every shift. Perhaps after reading all the hype about the transmission I expected more, I was expecting to come away a beliver that the automatic could replace the stick and I would be happy, I guess if you are looking for nothing but speed that is true, but I still like the process of shifting gears myself and I don't race my cars.
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Its always going to be changing gears because they have to be tuned for optimal fuel economy due to the CAFE regulations. Which is a good thing for most ppl. For those of us who want the best performance and sacrifice fuel economy the tuning market is already figuring these things out. I'd wait till the 2019s are out and all the good tuners have the 2018+ cars figured out.
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Its always going to be changing gears because they have to be tuned for optimal fuel economy due to the CAFE regulations. Which is a good thing for most ppl. For those of us who want the best performance and sacrifice fuel economy the tuning market is already figuring these things out. I'd wait till the 2019s are out and all the good tuners have the 2018+ cars figured out.
They already have the 18's figured out. Already dipping in the 10's with nothing more than tune and bottle from 3000-6500. And a tire

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Well then there you go lol.
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Just get the paddle shifters and shift it yourself if you don't like how the computer shifts. It really is the best of both worlds.
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I wonder how being in “S” and letting it shift for itself changes the shift pattern and feeling.
I think that the Ford engineer who did the “S” programming on the old 6 speed was a genius when it comes to aggressive driving on a curvy road!
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This is where I do wonder if the 10 speed is going to be more of an issue for ppl who loved how the 6 speed auto in sport mode was so damn good at what it was supposed to do. At the track the thing will legit be right in the best possible spot in the powerband the entire way down with a properly tuned 10 speed tho...
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