The Improved Manual and Automatic Transmissions Of The 2015 Mustang: Feature Spotlight

Much more so than owners of other models, Mustang drivers like to take control and shift for themselves. Fortunately, the all-new 2015 Mustang delivers improvements to both the manual and automatic transmissions of the iconic pony car, delivering a shifting experience that will be better than in any previous pony, according to Ford. Together with the all-new 2.3 liter EcoBoost I4 and the revised 5.0 liter “Coyote” V8, the new model should make one heck of a fun pony.

The Manual

The Getrag-supplied manual has a new shift linkage design that results in shorter throws and improved precision. The shift lever is now positioned closer to the driver and away from the cup holders, allowing the driver a clear path for shifting.

The Automatic

Those who prefer to have the Stang shift for them will appreciate the new steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. But the paddles aren’t just the typical units found in other cars: they sport rev-matching downshifts. The paddles and the rev-matching tech is standard with the Select-Shift six-speed auto gearbox.

The automatic also features a redesigned case with cast-in ribs that help make it stiffer and reduce weight. Internally, clutches have been optimized and operating temperature has been increased to reduce friction. Additionally, the output shaft is now supported by a ball-bearing that enables a top speed of 155 mph for the Mustang GT.

The Future

While the sixth-generation Mustang will launch with six-speed automatic and manual units, we expect that it will eventually get a nine- or ten-speed automatic that is being co-developed with GM, while a seven-speed manual will replace the six-speed stick.

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