First and second gear were pretty jumpy on my 5.7, I can only imagine what its like on the more powerful engines. Still a nice feeling though.I'm on my third Challenger. The first 2 were M6s. A lot of fun and really connects you with driving. As others have mentioned, heavy traffic and hills can wear on you with a manual. And, unless they've fixed it, the M6s I owned seemed a bit sensitive. But, I got a good deal on an A8 and am really loving it. Only complaint is that with 8 gears it seems to be always hunting for the right gear when driving though town. But talk about low end torque - nice!
AGREEDThey're both great transmissions. Each has their pros and cons.
A8 - faster shifts, faster at the dragstrip, shifts great on the street, not as connected to the car
M6 - better connection with the car, more fun to drive, slower at the track
This pretty much sums it up. Great post.AGREED
I have a 2015 SRT392 w/A8.
Hands down, the Best Performance Automatic I have ever driven. (Especially in TRACK mode)
Lightning fast shifts, no slip, just BANG,BANG,BANG!
That said, I still miss a manual trans:crying:
With a Muscle car/ Sports car, something is lost in translation w/the automatic. Its still cool and very fast, but something is missing from the experience.
With a stick, its more about how the driving/shifting involvement makes YOU FEEL, rather than how quick or fast the car can go.
When you spend 40k+ of your hard earned money on something you'd better make sure you get what YOU like and not what others say about it. Who cares about what others say about your purchase as long as it makes YOU happy? After all you bought it for YOURSELF and not for what others say about it. Seems like you enjoy driving the M6 though, so that's great :wink3:Back in early 2013, I bought a Jazz Blue R/T with an automatic transmission. I had bought all my cars with autos over the last 27 years because my wife doesn't know how to drive the M6. I never really cared and didn't give it any thought. My brother had always been the opposite and bought only stick shift cars. He had tried to talk me into buying manuals and I gave him the old argument about the paddles, etc gave me the same thing as a stick if I wanted it. I never dreamed how wrong I was.
Here's a long story...
So, I drove my shiny new pride & joy muscle car into a burger joint, all proud and happy and feeling pretty smug because I had never owned a car that I was so proud of. I walked inside and this pretty little girl behind the counter, quite tiny, excitedly told me how awesome my car was. She was going on about how much she loves muscle cars, and that color! Then she said "I'll bet you love changing them gears! It's a stick shift, right?" Well, I said, "no, it's an automatic." All her excitement just drained away and she said "Oh no! It's a muscle car! It has to have a stick shift. My dad taught me to drive a stick shift before I was old enough to drive and I thought all muscle cars had sticks."
Well, my brother ragged me about that for a long time and told me "that little girl can out drive you."
The day came around for me to tae and Told my wife that she would just have to drive her own car because my next car will be a manual. Traded for the SP...M6. Never been happier with a car in all my years.
I lived in Miami for 19 years, just went back there for holiday last month. I wouldn't want a manual in that traffic.So I am in the market for a (2015-2016) 392 SRT. I have considered all models but I feel like this is the one for me. I have always been a manual diver and for me automatics are boring- its just I hear such great things about the automatic and I am 50-50 at this point. I will just be using this car for my daily driver in south Florida, but also want to have some fun with it. I plan on upgrading it and customizing it to my liking throughout the next few years. Anyone have some insightful tips that could possibly help me make my decision? My budget is 35k$ if anyone thinks a different model/spec would be better for me. Any and all comments welcome. Thanks!