Really? I've yet to see any HEMI auto consistently get 27-28mpg on the freeway. During my road trip from SoCal up to WA and back that's what I averaged over multiple tanks. MDS helps the autos get better mileage, sure, but not better than the 6-speed from what I've seen.The auto's already get better mileage due to the MDS.
im seeing old novas with 350 engines and 2 speed powerglides turning the 1/8 in the 6s this would be embarrsing to a new hellcat I thinkThe auto's already get better mileage due to the MDS. 8 speeds will probably have more of an overdrive gearing to increase the mileage even more. Also, according to the Dodge reveal, it will lower the 0-60 times by half a second, which will easily get the 5.7's in the high 12's.
And...they have no creature comforts, suck gas to the tune of maybe 8 miles/gallon, and maybe, one could stand to be driving them for about an hour before the drone and exhaust get to you. You just can't compare old technology with the new. Two different animals for two different times.im seeing old novas with 350 engines and 2 speed powerglides turning the 1/8 in the 6s this would be embarrsing to a new hellcat I think
Sport mode speeds shifts from 400ms to 250ms and the new T-handle replaces the weird "I can't find drive after reversing" issue on the V6 cars. Also the tuner crowd (Superchips/Diablo) will have more tuning tricks to up sell to us in the future.if the new 8spd has the same shift characteristics of the one in the 2013 V6 Chargers, I am not a fan. There is no "movement" in the shifter itself to give you the feel of shifting. It's more like a joystick than a shifter.
I am with you on that one. My last two Challengers have been stick shift, and I LOVE it, but after driving an A8 for severas months, it can do most anything I can do manually, but faster and more smoothly.Bottom line: it'll be hard to justify sticking with a stick
Not everyone wants 400+ HP. The moment fuel prices start to climb again, buyers will run away as far as they can from V8 engines. We need fuel efficient V6s to carry the Challenger through economic cycles.I don't believe that, at all...quite the opposite actually. If you make people start thinking that all they "need" is a v6 in a 4000 lb car, then the v8 is truly in trouble.
That v6 is still only 300 hp, and it will never sound like a v8. That is what people need to remember, to keep v8's alive in these kinds of cars. In motorcycle terms, an rpm-screamer i4 will *never* replace what a Harley v-twin does. I'm not even that enamored with the Harley sound, but even I know that is cosmic truth.
That's because of the programming and not the tranny. I remember when Lexus first mated the 8 speed to their V8 and everyone hated how it was constantly shifting.