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
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 10:39 am | Permalink

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

    • Me
      Posted May 10, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

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

  • Ryan
    Posted June 2, 2013 at 9:23 am | Permalink

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

    • Jerry
      Posted June 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

      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
        Posted July 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

        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
          Posted July 10, 2013 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

          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
          Posted August 8, 2013 at 10:25 am | Permalink

          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
          Posted August 8, 2013 at 11:29 am | Permalink

          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
          Posted August 9, 2013 at 9:57 am | Permalink

          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
          Posted August 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

          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
          Posted August 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

          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
          Posted August 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

          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..

        • Gspeed
          Posted December 22, 2015 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

          I own an 8 speed v6 charger…….I have raced an R/T 2010…..the only rule was do not back off of the accelerator……. I beat the the R/T off the line, in the quarter, and the half mile, and saved fuel doing it!!! By 1.5 car lenghts.!! The V8 has 370 hp my V6 has 300 plus 8 gears for lift off and cruise. Sorry bud.

  • Shadu
    Posted June 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm | Permalink

    So pretty

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  • george karch
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:44 am | Permalink

    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
    Posted August 29, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    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.

    • Greg
      Posted November 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

      I have 2500 miles on my 2014 Charger (6 cyl.) and having same/similar issues with the 8 speed tranny. There are times when it won’t shift when leaving a light then finally drops into gear. Take a turn and continue but it won’t downshift, so it bogs. It never knows what gear to be in or when. Backing up, it seems like it doesn’t even want to move at all.
      There’s NO car produced that should need to be serviced with only2500 miles on it. The car also shudders when coming to a stop. I think this issue is the brakes. Now I’m supposed to take time of my work schedule to get this thing back and forth to a dealership (probably time and time again) for something Dodge has no idea how to fix. If I wanted to go back and forth to a shop, I should’ve bought a absolute POS. I’m extremely disappointed with the car after long forward to getting one for so long. It needs to be pushed off a cliff.

      • Max
        Posted November 22, 2014 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

        My transmission woes have been resolved, fortunately. The problems you’re having sound very similar to what was going on with mine. The mechanics at the dealership were at a loss as to what the problem was, and ended up calling the Dodge engineering department. They pulled the transmission out and tore it down. It ended up being a faulty valve body causing the issue, it was cracked and unable to control the flow of transmission fluid. Take your Charger to the dealer, insist on a rental replacement, and refuse to take it back until they have it fixed or replace the car. If all else fails, get on the phone with the Chrysler main office…

        • Greg
          Posted November 30, 2014 at 10:34 am | Permalink

          Well, I took my car in for service, received a rental and told them of all the issues with the tranny. The lady at the service desk repeatedly asked me if I have a service contract. I asked if she was learning impaired and told her the car has under 3000 miles on it. It’s brand new and still under warranty. Two hours after I arrived home, I got a v/m message that the car was fixed and involved replacement of a module and an update and all the issues were resolved. When I dropped the car off, I told them I refuse to go back and forth to the dealership if it’s not fixed. I’ll test drive it and see how it is. If it’s still performing like crap, I’ll leave it there
          Times have changed boy. My Father had service stations and I use to work on cars when I was a teenager. It seems odd to hear they can throw a car on a computer and fix a transmission. There was no such thing in the past and I have a difficult time buying into believing, it was fixed that quickly.

        • Greg
          Posted December 25, 2014 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

          As follow-up to my last post, after the Dodge dealership allegedly repaired my transmission in an hour after giving me a rental and slating repairs for 3 days, the transmission is still performing poorly. Acceleration lag, still clunking when I put it in reverse, shifting poorly. Two days ago, the car wouldn’t shift from 3rd after driving a 1/2 mile. I called the service manager and told him of the ongoing issues. He calls me back saying “The specs on the computer were fine, why don’t you bring the car in and tell us what’s wrong with it so we can fix it”.
          First of all, if the moron service manager thinks if the specs on the computer are fine, there can be absolutely nothing else wrong, he shouldn’t being working in a dealership trying to repair cars.
          Secondly, I DID take the car down and tell them what was wrong, they pulled it in a bay, hooked it up to a computer and pulled it out and said all issues were fixed. They didn’t fix anything. My nephew was a Dodge auto tech for 14 years and he said it’s not performing properly either. I’m really sorry I bought this rolling piece of crap. A brand new car that needs tranny repairs after 2500 miles and then the mechanics couldn’t find water if they fell out of a boat. I’m over Dodge and their POS line of garbage cars.
          I should have bought a12 year old car for a couple grand and I wouldn’t be having these problems.

        • Joe
          Posted February 12, 2015 at 10:23 am | Permalink

          Dang, sounds like issues i was having when I had a focus. I own the v6 with an 8 speed and it has simply worked amazing. Quick shifts, and very smooth. If I drive it a bit hard, the transmissions stays at higher rpm’s to give me that extra punch when I need it. It is a very fun car.

          Hopefully you get your issues resolved, sometimes you just need to call corporate, or talk to the manger about the car. Who knows maybe you can just return the car with so many problems, I think after the 3rd time or so you can legally return the vehicle.

  • rich
    Posted March 21, 2015 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    I have an issue with the 2012 dodge charger sxt blacktop edition so last week a warning popped up on screen in car that said service trans and another that says service shiftier I parked car today turned off tried to start got a message that says car is not in park but it is in park i pulled positive cable off battery that doesn’t do anything please help how can I service trans and get rid of error message so my car will star

  • Posted June 10, 2015 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Sounds very interesting. Im sure the fuel consumption will be greatly improved ovet the last models.

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