The performance purists will never agree that automatics can enhance driving skills – though they do, and are also now way faster than a human – but Ford seems to don’t mind the agony screams.
Since we’re talking about America, of course more and more buyers are going for the automatics even when discussing traditional manual-touting sports cars. Porsche for example sells more PDK-enabled units of the 911 even though it has a great seven-speed manual. Now Ford is looking to join the party and the Blue Oval might be developing a dual-clutch transmission for the sporty Shelby GT350 Mustang. The news comes from forum Mustang6G.com and they have a history of getting the rumors right. And anyways, putting a track-enhancing DCT inside the Mustang is no reason to be surprised, as it would help drivers slash precious seconds off lap times.
If Ford is indeed working on a dual-clutch automatic transmission for the Shelby GT350 Mustang, there’s no clue how many gears it will sport. The incoming Ford GT will pack a seven-speed unit so the engineers might take that one and rework it to fit the Mustang as well, but for now we have no way of knowing. And we’re hoping Ford will not retire the manual transmission, in order to keep the fans looking to do their own work.