Car reviews - Ford - T-Series - TS50 sedan
10 May 2002
FORD became the first Australian car manufacturer to offer a remotely-controlled sequential manual shifting automatic transmission when it introduced its locally developed Electronic Sports Shift system - with steering wheel-mounted shift buttons - as standard equipment in the TS and TL50. In fact, it is the sole transmission choice for the Fairlane-based TL, while TE50 owners must choose either the standard five-speed manual or BTR's regular two-mode/five-program adaptive four-speed automatic. The ESS system incorporates an activation button on the shift gate, plus small and large buttons for each hand on the steering wheel - one for downshifting, the other for upshifts. The 250kW engine's manual transmission is not just any old box, mind you. Hailing from the Mustang, the so-called TR3650 five-speed is a totally different, stronger five-speed with a slicker shift and far taller fifth/overdrive than traditional manual Falcon owners are used to.
Did you know?A manual transmission is standard on both TE and TS50 models, but only TE buyers are charged extra for opting for the auto, which is a non-ESS adaptive unit for TE
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