One of the reasons I think there’s so much automatic hate among many car enthusiasts is that for so very long, automatics were abysmal, fun-killing three- and four-speed units. Now they’re fast-shifting, with fancy paddles, and offer lots of gears. But where does the insanity end?
I ask this because General Motors’ global product chief Mark Reuss said the new 10-speed automatic from the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will find its way into eight models in the next two years, according to Automotive News. And front-wheel drive cars will get a nine-speed gearbox. And Ford has a patent on an 11-speed gearbox as well.
Ten speeds! Nine speeds! Eleven speeds! That’s a lot of speeds! My gosh.