Dodge Charger—Eight Speeds to Go!

Charger 8 Speed

Back in 2012, Dodge Charger was the first in its class to offer an eight-speed automatic transmission. The rest of the category? They’re still struggling to catch up.

 

Standard on the Charger SXT and SXT Plus, optional on the Charger SE, the eight-speed automatic is coupled to an equally advanced engine, the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 with 292 hp and optional 300 hp. All powertrains are available in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions.

 

Why eight speeds?

 

In a nutshell, the more advanced transmission permits the engine to operate in its most efficient rpm range for optimum performance and economy. The eight carefully calibrated gear ratios also enable minimum engine rpm at highway cruising speeds to maximize engine life, minimize fuel consumption, and reduce interior noise. At a steady 70 mph (where legal), the engine ticks along at a quiet, leisurely 1500 rpm, barely above idle. One of the many resulting benefits is an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 31 miles per gallon on the highway (RWD models). Imagine it: over 30 mpg in a comfortable, powerful, full-featured sedan. That’s performance. That’s efficiency.

 

For the ultimate in driving fun and flexibility, Charger SXT and SXT Plus buyers who opt for the Rallye Appearance Group, Wheels & Tunes Group, or Blacktop Package also receive steering-column-mounted paddle shifters and the Sport Mode feature. With Sport Mode selected, gear changes are firmer and shift points are held at a higher rpm for more spirited acceleration. For even greater command of the road, the driver can use the paddle shifters while viewing gear selections through the full-color Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) in the Charger’s instrument panel.

 

Driving enjoyment and efficiency—the Dodge Charger with eight-speed automatic transmission has it all.

 

 


  • Ravi Nath

    Is there a chance the eight-speed transmission will make it to the R/T for the 2014 model year?

    • Me

      I’m ready to buy if that’s the case. Can anybody give any info?

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  • Ryan

    Can anyone tell me the advantage to having an 8-speed on a HEMI V8?

    • Jerry

      The Hemi Charger would benefit with better gas milage and performance. The current five speed coupled along with the 3.06 gear ratio (Tallest gears available) drives like a truck. Dodge should wake up and realize many are buying Camaro’s and Mustang’s because the Charger R/T is about as slow as the V6′s.

      • Alfred Bundy

        This comment above is why you HAVE TO know what you are reading on the internet. The R/T IS NOWHERE NEAR AS SLOW AS THE V6! NOT EVEN CLOSE! The V6 is a good engine and has the power the V8′s had years ago. The V8 is way more powerful for those that want that. I wish people would post only if the know what they are talking about!

        • Jerry

          The Mustang V6 with the performance pack (3.31 rear) is only 0.1 sec slower than the R/T. Maybe you should re-read my last statement or better yet, start reading up on the performance of the R/T’s.

        • diehard

          Mustang V6…very nice but keep in mind exceptionally lighter than the R/T’s. BTW the R/T’s ARE very quick for their size and weight. I don’t have to read it, I drive one.

        • jerry

          Which is why, Dodge should offer the 3.23 rear end for the Chargers. Mustang V6 with performance pack, weighs 3600lbs and comes with 3.23 rear gears. R/T weighs in at 4250 and comes with 3.06.

        • diehard

          They put the 3.73 rear gears in the Challenger R/T. The 4 door Charger’s a bit more conservative for us older guys. Too bad the Mustang doesn’t offer the track pack in the convertible. I was thinking about getting one.

        • bbbrad567

          Why are you comparing a full size SEDAN to a compact pony car? Shouldn’t you compare Challenger to Mustang and Charger to Tauras? Just saying.

        • diehard

          I don’t know why they were. I was just adding some facts their comparison. I believe it was more of a comparison of lbs per HP and the effects of rear end gearing on its quickness. e.g the charger is actually less weight per HP than the V6 mustang.

        • diehard

          On second thought, you mention comparing it to a Challenger. Actually the Challengers weight is about the same as the Charger but I believe the Challenger does have higher rear gear numbers, making it a bit quicker..

  • Shadu

    So pretty

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    • Mike

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    • Charger

      Cool!

  • george karch

    Exactly, how does the low speed position down shift to reduce speed while going down hill. In a car with a first and second speed position, I can down shift to either one to get the desired down hill speed without braking. Since the car does not know if I want to go down hill at 60 MPH or 20 MPH, how can it down shift to the correct gear to give me what I want?

  • Max

    I’ve had nothing but trouble with the 8 speed transmission. It started as acceleration lag, especially annoying when you’re pulling in to traffic and the car doesn’t accelerate the way is supposed to. It escalated to lag between gears, particularly 3rd in to 4th… The transmission would shift out of third and then a delay before going in to 4th, enough so that the tac would jump 2-4000 rpm. Under heavy acceleration it would shift hard enough in to 4th to spin the rear tires! I put the car in for service, an update was done and adjustments made, then I was told it would have to relearn how to shift. Two months later and I’m bringing it back in for service. Now the issues are: acceleration lag, hard shifting from 2nd to 3rd and 3rd to 4th, and shifting in to manual mode on its own.