One of the biggest talking points of the new 2017 Ford Raptor has been its 10-speed automatic transmission that Ford has teased in a newly released photo. The new transmission is being marketed as more fuel efficient and better for towing and hauling. In the picture above, you can see all 10 of the gears listed out on the ’17 Raptor’s gauge cluster– definitely a strange site, but one that promises a whole of performance and value.
10 vs 6 Speed Automatic Raptor Transmission
Ford has claimed that the brand new transmission is the first mass produced 10-speed automatic available to the general public. When comparing the new 10-speed to the outgoing 6-speed, Ford claims that this will be an upgrade in both acceleration and performance thanks to the wide-span gear spacing and ‘drag reduction actions’. Three overdrive gears in addition to the extra gears allows for lower rear-axle ratios to help make the 2017 Raptor much more fuel efficient.
Ford has also added what they call “smarter shift logic” when using tow/haul mode along with, “all-new adaptive shift-scheduling algorithms monitor more than a dozen powertrain and driver control signals in real time – ensuring the right gear at the right time for an engaging driving experience, including in sport mode.”
Pairing the Raptor’s Trans to an Engine
The new 10-speed automatic will be paired up to a 3.5L twin turbo EcoBoost V6 cranking out around 450 HP, pretty stellar from a truck with a V6. The beloved 5.4L and 6.2L V8 will not be making a return as Ford is continuing to stay focused on improving fuel economy without sacrificing performance.
The 3.5L TT V6 is quite similar to the same one that will be in the Ford GT, which is currently racing in the 24 hours of Leman this weekend. We already know that the new Raptor has the tires to get the job done, let’s see how the transmission stacks up.
What are your thoughts on the new 10-Speed Transmission? Too many gears to choose from or is it the next hot thing in the car world? Comment below!