2018 Ford Mustang with 10R80 10-Speed Automatic Transmission Is Go

2018 Ford Mustang 10-speed automatic transmission in Microcat 9 photos
Photo: Mustang6G forum member darrenb
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The first time we’ve heard that a 10-speed automatic transmission will find its way inside the S550 Mustang was in August 2014. Then, at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, Ford made it clear that the much-rumored 10-speed auto will come as standard in the F-150 Raptor. As soon as the 2018 MY comes on the scene, the Mustang will also get this cog swapper.
Coming courtesy of Mustang6G forum member darrenb, the image above confirms that the 10-speed automatic transmission is now listed in Microcat, the parts lookup system at Ford dealerships. Codenamed Ford 10R80, the up-and-coming slush box has six forward under drive ratios, one direct drive ratio, and three overdrive ratios.

In a similar fashion to the ZF 8HP and GM Hydra-Matic 8L90, the 10R80 has four simple planetary gears. Furthermore, the all-new 10R80 boasts six shift elements: two brakes that are packaged inside each other and four clutches.

Other than the 2018 Ford Mustang, the 10-speed automatic transmission will be offered in the 2017 Ford F-150 (yes, the normal one, not the Raptor). The Ford Motor Company has invested $1.4 billion in its Livonia Transmission Plant to build the new tranny, which went into production in June 2016. At the same time, Livonia produces the 6-speed auto that’s used in the S550 Mustang, F-150, Transit, and Expedition.

Ford isn’t ready to mention the finer details about the tranny just yet, although I can tell you that the 10-speed unit comes with an integrated electric pump, Auto Start-Stop, and wide ratio span for lower-numerical rear-axle ratios. In other words, FoMoCo promises more efficiency than what the 6-speed offers. GM also uses a 10-speed automatic transmission for a simple reason: Ford and GM worked together to develop it. GM, however, boasts that the 10-speed unit in the Camaro ZL1 shifts quicker than Porsche’s PDK.

“Testing has shown faster upshift times than the Porsche PDK dual-clutch transmission. In fact, the 1-2 upshift is 36 percent quicker than the PDK, while the 2-3 and 3-4 upshifts are 27 percent and 26 percent quicker, respectively.” In the performance-oriented 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, the 10-speed auto uses the following gear ratios: 4.70 for first, 2.99 for second, 2.15 for third, 1.80 for fourth, 1.52 for fifth, 1.28 for sixth, 1.00 for seventh, 0.85 for eighth, 0.69 for ninth, and 0.64 for tenth. That’s how you get a 7.39 overall spread.

It remains to be seen if the 2018 Ford Mustang with the 10R80 10-speed automatic will mirror those ratios.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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