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Chevy Camaro ZL1 1LE's new 10-speed automatic trims lap times

by Justin King

Compared to the six-speed manual, the automatic is a half-second faster around GM's 2.9-mile Milford Road Course.

The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE is due to get an optional 10-speed automatic transmission, bringing slightly lower lap times than the current manual gearbox.

General Motors says the new 10-speed transmission helps the ZL1 1LE reduce its benchmark lap time on the 2.9-mile Milford Road Course by more than a half second. On longer tracks like the Nurburgring, drivers can expect to save a few seconds.

"This transmission is optimized for speed," says Camaro chief engineer Mark Dickens. "With unique Track Mode calibrations and 10 gears, you are always in the perfect gear when rolling on or off the throttle."

Engineers tweaked the calibrations for the transmission, electronic limited-slip differential and traction control system to achieve the best performance. The dynamic DSSV dampers were even retuned to accommodate the change in weight transfer due to quicker shifts.

The 10-speed automatic will be available starting in February with a $1,595 price tag.

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