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This is the 2013 Mustang’s new automatic shifter with SelectShift

By - February 8, 2012 – 1:45 pm4 Comments | 13,090 views

2013 Mustang SelectShift

For 2013 Ford has given the Mustang several new features along with the refreshed exterior design. One of those new features is the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that allows the driver to choose between fully automatic operation and manual control. Unlike some other transmissions, the SelectShift will not override a driver’s gear selection, allowing truly full control. The shifter also features a button on the side of the shifter and also has a more modern design.

Ford has several Mustangs on display here at the Chicago Auto Show, offering a good look at various models and option packages. One of the Mustangs featured the new SelectShift transmission, giving us our first look at the new shifter. Overall it’s undoubtedly its an improvement over the previous 6-speed automatic, and we love the leather and aluminum trim. Even so, we wish the manual shifting could be done using a different method, either via paddle shifter or by moving the entire shifter. Perhaps it’s something we can look forward to for 2015…

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  • Steve says:

    Not really liking it. Oh and paddle shifters are for European cars not American Muscle IMO.

  • george says:

    i agree Steve if i wanted to shift like that i would buy a focus.

  • Jochen says:

    What a cheap and unpractical solution! When I heard about the manumatic shifting option for the 2013 Mustang, I was thinking of paddles or moving the shifter sequentially, but they gave us only this ridiculous button. What a shame.

    In my Mitsu Outlander Diesel with double clutch transmission, I have magnesium shifting paddles and they are solid and great to handle.

  • Drw says:

    “American Muscle”, as you put it, is technology from the 60’s. I’m ready to get into a BMW and say something like “This is a nice car from Germany” instead of “This car is much nicer than my Mustang because it IS from Germany”

    Are we seriously going to have to wait until every old motorhead dies until we see some real American competition for the rest of the world?

    IRS is dumb, metal is not always necessary and if you’re going to build a drag car to destroy, you should have to buy a bunch of parts to build it. The stock car should be a good car first, you can screw it up later just like the “pro-stock” racers did 20-30 years ago when every classic car you saw was tubbed and caged and eventually destroyed.

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