2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 6-speed automatic improves tap response by 60% thanks to new TapShift tech

It’s almost a sin to purchase a muscle car like the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 with an automatic transmission – but General Motors is here to try and change your mind. GM says that the new 6-speed automatic transmission in the Camaro ZL1 will offer drivers ‘satisfaction of a manual with the ease of an automatic transmission due a newly improved TapShift technology.

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GM powertrain engineers worked their butts off on putting together a patent-pending software algorithm that will improve tap response by up to a significant 60 percent.

“The faster you can get to the next gear, the better, and from the sound of it, the ZL1 automatic’s performance is going to make paddle shifting more exhilarating and satisfying for drivers of all skill sets,” said Eric Fedewa , director of Global Powertrain Forecasting at IHS Automotive. “We’re seeing a trend toward more manual-mode-capable, fun-to-drive automatic transmissions across all vehicle segments, and GM’s technology is leading the pack.”

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GM says that the 2012 Camaro ZL1’s 6-speed automatic delivers a 0-60 time of 3.9 seconds – a tenth of a second faster than the manual transmission time. How is this possible? GM explains:

By staging hydraulic pressure in the clutch for the next gear, the new control module algorithm reduces tap delay for the 1-2, 2-3, 3-4, and 4-5 up-shifts by 200-300 milliseconds. The system anticipates shift requests based on current gear, throttle, torque and speed. By pre-filling the clutch for the next gear, the tap up-shift response is near instantaneous.

Refresher: Power for the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 comes from a LSA 6.2L supercharged V8 making 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque. The engine is matched to a Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual transmission with a new shorter-throw shifter that improves gear changes. It also features a dual-mode exhaust system which provides a very throaty and powerful sound. Sales begin in early 2012. Prices start at $54,995.

– By: Omar Rana