The 2012 Chrysler 300 S introduces America to the 8-speed transmission

During their press conference yesterday at the 2011 New York International Auto Show, Chrysler CEO Francois Olivier introduced a trio of new trimlines for the Chrysler 300 sedan and included in that group is the new 2012 Chrysler 300 S – the full sized sedan that will introduce consumer America to the 8-speed automatic transmission.

Since Fiat took the reins of the Chrysler Group, there has been the promise of 8-speed automatic transmission coming in the near future and with the introduction of the 2012 Chrysler 300 S, the future is here. This transmission is provided by ZF of Germany and until Chrysler’s Kokomo Indiana production facility is up to speed with producing these 8-speed gearboxes on American soil, Chrysler will be purchasing and shipping these transmissions directly from Germany. Because of this, Chrysler will only install the 8-speed ZF transmission in the V6-powered, rear wheel drive 2012 300 S sedans so if you opt for the 363 horsepower Hemi or Chrysler’s advanced all wheel drive system – you will be getting the same 5-speed gearbox found in the current 300 sedans.

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