Originally Posted by Peter_K
Quick question to those of you out there with the Hemi (V8) and 8-speed transmission.
I've noticed on the highway (travelling at a fixed speed) that if I slam the accelerator down to WOT, the transmission (or throttle or something) seems to hesitate...a couple of seconds or so before it fully downshifts and takes off. This is in non-ECO mode as well as ECO mode.
Anyone here notice similar? I didn't notice this before...but then again I only have 420 miles on it so I wasn't really doing anything at WOT until today (had to pass someone).
Just wondering if this is normal or something strange going on from others' perspective.
It has been commented on.
I don't know if it is the combination of the engine in MDS 4 banger mode, or if the transmission controls is just trying too hard to protect the drivetrain or what.
It is notably less when you are in Sport mode, but is still there.
It is almost as if the transmission control wants to check in with the nannies at NHTSA before it will allow the downshift.
I would think it could be a characteristic of the Hemi, but if you grab the left paddle to do the downshift, I haven't noticed the "hang on, let me check with mom" type hesitation.
Oddly enough, 3/4 to 7/8 throttle seems not to have so much, but I've sure noticed it and tend to drive in sport mode and manual shift on uphill two lanes so I can pass the sleeping Volvo on the rare passing lanes.