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Re: 8 speed 2012

Thought the 8 speed was only for front wheel drive products, with under 195 ft/lb torque.
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Re: 8 speed 2012

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Thought the 8 speed was only for front wheel drive products, with under 195 ft/lb torque.
I believe you're thinking of the forthcoming ZF 9-speed.
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Re: 8 speed 2012

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I believe you're thinking of the forthcoming ZF 9-speed.
ZF 9-speed is WAY more capable than that. google it
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Re: 8 speed 2012

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ZF 9-speed is WAY more capable than that. google it
Yes, but Chrysler's plans, as I understand it, is to limit its use, at least initially, to front-wheel drive models. Later they are thinking of even more gears (!).
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Re: 8 speed 2012

Chrysler needs to a 7-8 speed tranny as well as direct fuel injection in the Pentastar engine if they want to stay competitive in the powertrain department.
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Re: 8 speed 2012

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Chrysler needs to a 7-8 speed tranny as well as direct fuel injection in the Pentastar engine if they want to stay competitive in the powertrain department.
For mileage improvement, yes. Otherwise, the existing 5-speed (6-speed for 2010 V8, but same basic box) designs are -- post-TSB -- capable and proven. And foregoing direct injection means less engine noise and better valve lubrication.

That said, the ZF 8-speed has a solid track record and, being a newer design, will probably be supported for more years. But at some point -- Fiat is already planning 10+ notches for future Chrysler models -- all these added gears are going to be like with some bicycles, when riders have so many gears it becomes fiddly and doesn't really add anything meaningful.
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the 3.6 will be direct injection in the future
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the 3.6 will be direct injection in the future
Diesel, too. For those willing to wait, 2013 should be an attractive model year for the WK2.
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