Chrysler to Offer 8-Speed Transmission

Chrysler Group LLC. looks to become the first American automobile manufacturer to offer an 8-speed transmission. This is the type of transmission that is available in the high-end rides of Bentley, BMW, and Rolls Royce.

Initially the eight-speed will only be offered in select Chrysler 300 and Dodge Chargers and will be paired with the 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine. The first models will be the 2012 Chrylser 300, 300S (V6) and 300 Limited and the 2012 Dodge Charger SE, SXT, and R/T as well as the high-performance SRT8.

Chrylser Group says there are a number of “cost saving, energy-efficient, earth-friendly and comfy benefits” that come with using the eight-speed transmission:

  • Increase of 4 mpg
  • Transmission efficiency and wide ratio spread to increase city fuel economy
  • 11% decrease in emissions
  • “Nearly imperceptible gear changes” due to evenly spaced gear ratios
  • Lower viscosity transmission fluid can be used
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