Chrysler To Equip Eight-Speed In Pentastar V6 Models First

Chrysler will take its newest transmission, the ZF eight-speed automatic, and place it with its newest engine, the Pentastar V6.

Chrysler has been all the rage lately with their new Pentastar V6 and the announcement of an eight-speed automatic transmission and it seems those two are closer related than previously thought.

While all of Chrysler's LX platform vehicles will get the new transmission made by ZF by 2012, Pentastar V6 models might be the first in line. Each model on the platform will be ready, including the Dodge Charger and the new Chrysler 300. The 2012 Challenger SE model will hang on to the five-speed automatic for just a tad longer.

What's the reason behind this move by Chrysler? Well, why not pair the newest engine with the newest transmission? It's a great marketing move and it will give Chrysler a chance to work out the kinks in the eight-speed on a much less powerful engine before it goes into the big boys, such as the 5.7-liter V8. It may also be to improve fuel economy, as the improvements will be larger for the V6 models than the V8s.

The biggest reason for Chrysler's eight-speed move and the one that will be widely accepted is the fact that V6 models sell much faster than the V8 ones. As good as those Hemi powered sedans are, in today's economy, they just aren't sensible. Those high sales and the improved gas mileage should make the biggest CAFE impact.

Still, whatever the reason, all the talk needs to end. It's time to actually test this new combination to see if it was worth all the hype it received. Chances are, these new vehicles will be brilliant, as a powerful new V6 with great fuel efficiency and stunning looks are usually a good combination.

There has been no word on when the eight-speed will travel over to the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the Ram trucks.

[Allpar]

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