Ford Confirms 10-Speed Automatic for Non-Raptor F-150s
You may have noticed that transmissions have more gears today than they ever have had in history. The Ram 1500 has an available 8-speed transmission, while other FCA US properties have 9-speed autos in them. However, for Ford, the transmissions have pretty much capped out at six speeds, until now.
The 2017 Ford Raptor debuted with a brand-new transmission that had 10 forward gears! Even though it is only in the Raptor, Ford does plan on using it in other F-150s.
We just speculated on this the other day, but now Ford has indeed said the the F-150 will feature the 10-speed automatic that is found in the Raptor (though probably with a different tune and gear ratio). Obviously fuel economy is important, even for truck manufacturers, and more gears are a surefire way to reduce fuel consumption.
When will the transmission actually end up in normal F-150s? We’re not sure yet. How much fuel will the new transmission save? Again, another unknown. Expect to hear more about this in the coming weeks.
What do you think? Are 10 gears necessary to get good fuel economy or is it just a recipe for disaster? Let us know in the forums!