Starting with the 2012 Chrysler 300 and 2012 Dodge Charger, Chrysler Group is the first U.S. automaker to offer an eight-speed transmission with its vehicles. Compared to the 2011 versions, the new eight-speed transmission means both the 2012 300 and Charger have the best fuel economy in the large sedan class, according to FuelEconomy.gov.
The new eight-speed automatic, introduced and licensed through ZF, is often found on high-end luxury cars, including Audi, Bentley, BMW, Range Rover and Rolls Royce. For the first models, the transmission is mated exclusively to the award-winning 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine, which was introduced last year.
In the video below, VP/Head of Transmission Powertrain and Driveline Engineering Mircea Gradu explains many of the benefits achieved through a “rigorous design process.”
Stop by Pomoco Chrysler Jeep Dodge and take the rigorous design process for a test drive.
Source: Chrysler Group LLC