“The standard six-speed manual gearbox, with a well-weighted shifter and clutch pedal, is a much better choice for those who want to choose their own gears, but the auto is a ’box of magic.
“It allows a dramatic windup through first, then supplies a progression of rapid-fire rpm rewinds as you rocket to triple-digit speeds, the gearbox racing through upshifts with superbike-like snappiness. In Los Angeles traffic, conversely, the transmission picked through the ratios with virtually imperceptible gear changes. At any pace, it shifts with minimal torque reduction and never hunts for the right ratio. When you demand thrust, the trans executes a sudden yet smooth downshift without any intermediate steps. Mat the throttle from 60 mph and a flawless tenth-to-third transition wakes the LT4 like a sleeping lion poked with a branding iron.”