Chrysler’s new 8-speed automatic transmission coming to Charger, 300

We have known for some time that the Chrysler Group would be introducing their new ZF-built 8-speed automatic transmission and today, the information on the new fuel-saving transmission has been made official and in 2012, the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 powered by the 3.6L Pentastar V6 will come with this new transmission option.

The 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans powered by the 292 horsepower Pentastar V6 and the new ZF 8-speed automatic transmission are expected to yield 19 miles per gallon around town (1mpg over the current V6 models with the 5-speed automatic transmission) and on the highway the new 8-speed transmission-equipped Charger and 300 will offer an impressive 31 miles per gallon – a 15% improvement over the 2011 models with the 5-speed gearbox. These specifications are for 2012 Charger and 300 models with rear wheel drive but after the initial launch, these new fuel-saving transmissions will also be offered with V6 all wheel drive models.

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