Whoever came up with the adage “Less is more,” clearly never sat inside a vehicle equipped with Ford’s 10-speed transmission. 10 hard hitting, smooth shifting gears that take all the horsepower and torque from the F-150 and Mustang and harness it into pure driving bliss. 5 gears? What is this, 1970? 6 gears? You can do better than that. 10 gears? Now we’re talking. So read on, and get revved up about Ford’s 10-speed transmission.
Continuously Variable Transmissions, with their one gear, are good for compact cars and Buddhists, and that’s about it. If you’re driving something with some real power (insert Tim the Toolman Taylor grunt), like the Ford F-150, or the 2018 Mustang, and you are going to want enough gears to harness all that power. Ford’s 10-speed transmission has all the gears you’ll ever need, and then some (considering you’re working with three overdrive gears). Are you looking to put every vehicle on the road into your rearview mirror? The 10-speed will do that. Are you looking to unleash your Ford’s incredible towing capability? The 10-speed will do that. There’s little Ford’s 10-speed transmission can’t do — even my mother-in-law was impressed with me when I showed her. And she hasn’t been impressed with me since I showed up on her doorstep the first time. But I digress.
And that towing capability is put on full display with an F-150 equipped with the 10-speed transmission. Switch your truck into Tow/Haul mode, and all your shifts are rev-matched with scientific precision. Whereas most automatic transitions start to go downhill when you’re driving downhill, the 10-speed gets an A+ on a steep grade, with completely imperceptible downshifting. I’m telling you, these gear ratios are closer than The Brady Bunch, which means your towing will be smoother than The Fonz (okay, just because I’m stuck in 1970 doesn’t mean your transmission has to be).
But Ford’s 10-speed transmission isn’t just about towing; overall driveability is smoother than (*wracks brain for more current reference*) when Steve Urkel turned himself into Stefan! Those close gear ratios I mentioned earlier means there are smaller steps between gears, and each gear is only about 500 rpm off from the last. About now is when you ask, “Isn’t that a lot of shifting? To go from 1 all the way to 10?” But you couldn’t be any more wrong my friend. Ford’s 10-speed transmission was designed by the smartest engineers around, and a super sophisticated on-board computer constantly scans the road while skipping gears and picking the right one for the conditions. Plus, flip it into Sport Mode for faster shifts at higher revs, for when you really want to put the pedal to the metal.
Ford’s 10-speed transmission has been tested extensively, in the harshest climates you can think of. So you can feel confident that the specially designed, Mercon ULV transmission fluid will hold up from the plus-30 days of August right through the minus-30 days in January. And you can save your cast-iron for pots and pans, because this light as a feather transmission is made from a blend of steel and aluminum, once again resulting in better mileage. Now is when you ask, “Has Ford thought of everything?” And the answer is a resounding yes.
Ford’s 10-speed transmission is an engineering marvel, harnessing the incredible torque and horsepower found in the F-150 and Mustang, providing unparalleled control of your driving experience. Plus, it will result in better mileage and fuel economy, which will save you at the pump. Unless you’re too good for that sort of thing. But, if you’re interested in better fuel mileage and performance, come by Team Ford and check out either the 2018 Ford Mustang, or an F-150, equipped with Ford’s incredible new 10-speed transmission.