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Confirmed: 2012 Dodge Charger to Get More Efficient 8-Speed Transmission

By Jacob Brown | June 23, 2011
As if the Dodge Charger, which was completely redesigned for 2011, weren’t enough of an upgrade from the outgoing model it replaced, Dodge has upped the ante for the 2012 model year with a new eight-speed automatic transmission to go with the car’s standard 292-horsepower Pentastar 3.6-liter V6. Made by the German-based transmission experts at ZF, the eight-speed automatic is said to improve upon the 2011 Charger’s fuel economy by 10 percent, which was  EPA-rated at 18/27 city/highway mpg with rear-wheel drive, while also improving 10 percent on acceleration times. As our sister publication Motor Trend posted a 7.3-second 0-60 run in its evaluation of the 2011 car, look for that time to drop further with the new transmission. The eight-speed transmission will be available on both rear- and all-wheel drive V6 models while the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 will soldier on with last year’s five-speed automatic. Newly available on either the V6 or the V8 models, however, are paddle shifters behind the steering wheel that should significantly improve upon Chrysler’s Autostick as the go-to option for do-it-yourself shifters. Finally, Chrysler has taken notice of our only gripe to be found with its fullsize muscle sedan in upgrading the transmission. Now all we need is the Challenger’s manual transmission to become an option with the Hemi V8 and all will be right with the world. Source: Chrysler
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Too many gears. Gear hunting in the mountains will be crazy. Thankfully, the R/T will still get the 5 speed. I live in BC with mountains all around me, so when I get my Charger R/T I will take it with the paddles and the 5 speed.

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This latest development for the Dodge Charger, my idol car since its inception into the auto world, makes me imagine how great driving it would be with the 8-Speed Transmission. Still the traditional manual steering stick would always make me feel to be in control. That was when my youth adrenaline is still pushing me to be a speedster and show-off. I'm a mature driver now and I believe the latest Dodge Charger's 8-speed transmission speaks of growth and progress.