ZF showed off their nine-speed automatic (9HP) to German magazine Autozeitung, using a Mini Cooper S mule. Three automakers have already agreed to purchase the 9HP, one being Chrysler, and one almost certainly being another traditional ZF customer, BMW. The magazine pointed out that the 9HP is extremely compact — it has to be, to fit into a Mini — and that ZF had worked hard on breaking back into the front wheel drive market, with its eye on the efficient double-clutch transmissions which have been increasing in popularity.
The transmission, to be used in future Chrysler front wheel drive products starting around 2013, weighs under 190 lb, including the transmission fluid; the decision to use nine speeds was, according to the magazine, based on a detailed cost-benefit analysis rather than merely trumping eight-speeds.
The compact size was achieved partly by moving the oil pump, changing two of the switching elements from the usual couplings to new forms. The transmission can go up to 480 Nm input (around 354 lb-ft) which is more than enough for the most capable four-cylinder or V6 engines ever produced by Chrysler, and then some.
The magazine seemed happy with the feel and operation of the transmission. (Thanks, K. Oellinger; see more ZF HP9 details.)
Dodge and SRT are rejoining the Trans Am Series, with Miller Racing fielding two new Dodge Challengers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 15 and 16. Driving will be four-time series champion Tommy Kendall, making his first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class. The cars appear to be driven by 5.7 liter Hemi engines. [...]
Though the Ram 1500 just had major upgrades, another refresh is due in 2017, to deal with the new F-150s and a possible Chevrolet Silverado update. So far not much is known about these trucks, except that they will likely include the Pentastar engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have undergone weight reduction therapy [...]
With the supercharged 6.2 Hemi delivering 707 horsepower to the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper boys are reportedly looking for ways to get back on top. While the Viper may be superior on a tight racing course, the straight-line performance of Charger and Challenger, in five-seaters with all the amenities, large trunks, and automatic or manual transmissions, is a challenge for Team [...]
Artist suzq044 has provided an alternative view of what the 2017 Ram may look like. This refresh will counter new F-150s. The trucks will almost certainly include the V6 engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have more high-strength steel and aluminum to cut weight. The 2017 Ram is also likely to have aerodynamic improvements to increase highway [...]
It has been years since Allpar first reported on the future launch of a new Jeep Wagoneer, and the dropping of the Dodge Caravan. With Wagoneer on the books, Chrysler planners may have had mixed feelings about the sudden success of the Dodge Durango. They wanted to drop the Durango for a more-profitable Wagoneer (essentially a Durango with the Grand Cherokee suspension design [...]