The 10-Speed Chevy Camaro ZL1 Shifts Into Eighth Gear at 180 MPH

One of the most stand-out features of Chevy’s brutish Camaro ZL1 is its optional 10-speed automatic transmission. The gearbox, also found in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, was able to help get the ZL1 around the Nurburgring in a blistering 7:29.6. We already know the 10-speed is a major part of the ZL1’s high-performance drivetrain, but thanks to this video, we can see exactly how it behaves at full throttle and high speeds.

Hennessey Performance lined up its fully stock 10-speed equipped Camaro ZL1 for a 0-180 mph run to extract some straight-line data. During the pull, Hennessey was able to achieve a 3.6-second 0-60 time, a 7.6-second 0-100 time, and a 26.2-second 0-180 time—all despite a seemingly soft launch.

What’s interesting is just how much spacing there is between some of the gears. Through the first six gear ratios, every gear is very closely spaced, clearly aimed for maximum power output and performance. But as the car shifts into seventh, the RPMs drop significantly, indicating that gears seven through ten are optimized for economy driving. It’s like having a close-ratio racing gearbox and an economy-minded transmission all in one.

Watch below to see how the 10-speed stacks up as it climbs to 180 mph.