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Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300 to get 8-speed autobox for 2012

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An anonymous source just revealed that the 2012 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 equipped with the new Pentastar V6 engine will receive an 8-speed automatic transmission developed by ZF.

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There are no plans to add the feature to the current Charger and Challenger R/T and SRT8 models, however. Challenger buyers will naturally be able to select the manual transmission once again.

The existing autobox, developed by Mercedes-Benz, boasts five gears only.

The source wouldn't say if Chrysler Group's Pentastar-powered trucks, minivans and SUVs will also get the new 8-speed unit in the near future.

Source: Allpar