Originally Posted by Gota
Week ago David Zatz also reviewed a Pentastar/ZF 8-speed Dodge Charger in allpar.com (see here
). Conclusions in short - Hemi-like acceleration — V6 mileage and cost.
May be Hemi owners are really poopy heads?
Well it depends really. I'd really love to have all the torque the V8 provides. Especially when it comes to offroading and hauling.
I live in Kuwait and gas is cheap here so to me it was only logical to go for the V8. So gas mileage is not that big of an issue.
I also have a thing for the Hemi. Call it bias but I love muscle cars and having a Hemi in that big/heavy beast is not only a great thing to feel, it's great to hear!
I don't have any plans for the near future, but when it does come to modding - I'd like to keep it Naturally Aspirated, and V8>V6 in that case. Which is why I've opted for the V8. Sure the 0-60 times may seem not that different as it's about a second between the two, but damn...that one second will make a difference when you're trying to overpass someone on the highway. To me, one second can sometimes feel like forever when you're trying to pass someone.
EDIT: Also, I understand the new ZF-8speed has improved the Pentas, but to me it's HEMI all the way. I could only imagine how the Hemi would perform with an 8 speed. Though I'm quite happy with the Hemi 5 speed I tested. It all comes down to taste. I know some guys who have a V6 engine that would smoke the Hemi out the water, but that doesn't matter to me. Because I love that damned HEMI - 5, 6, 7, 8, or a billion speed...I still love that Hemi!