Looks like the 9 speed auto doesn't come out until at least 2019. That would have bugged me if I missed it by a few months especially because it will mean even quicker acceleration.
Waiting on the 9-Speed trans was one of my possible hindsight reasons to buying the 2017.
But now while the GM Malibu is showing the 9-Speed to be nice, it isn't necessarily up to the power and torque levels the 3.0T demands (in meeting OEM durability, as they will never want to push a street car to it's limits). I figure the the 3.0T won't get a 9 speed that is performance built until the new MKZ name and platform are running, an all new vehicle basically. By then, more performance versions of 9-Speeds will be likely.
Personally, my hope is Lincoln will adopt the Mustang platform for a 2 door coupe, bringing us means of getting "a Black Label Mustang" aka Starstang.
Edited by Zalvern, 05 May 2017 - 11:37 AM.