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.