The original TorqueFlite was a state of the art three-speed automatic transmission which combined durability, smooth shifting, and high efficiency. It was used by a number of other companies, including high-end European automakers who had their choice of any automatic transmission.
The name has now been attached to the eight-speed ZF automatic, which will be made by Chrysler under license in Kokomo. It is already being used in the Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300, and will be standard with the V6 in the 2013 Ram 1500. (Allpar’s Jim Choate first noted the return of the name on March 7, 2011.)
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
The 2015 Dodge Charger squad has been tested in police trim for the first time, but since it kept the five-speed automatic, it has turned in numbers similar to past years. While the eight-speed V6 Charger does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, the five-speed was timed at 8.05 seconds by the Michigan State Police. The civilian 2015 Charger gained acceleration from the eight-speed, [...]