by David Zatz • Posted on January 3rd, 2013
Reliable source oh2o wrote that Chrysler will be switching over from the ZF 8HP45, the transmission currently used in the Charger V6 and 300/300C V6, to the new 845RE early next month. “This is what caused the recent ‘Hemi to get 8-speed in February’ reports/rumors.” Sources may have incorrectly assumed that the “new” transmission was for the Hemi cars.
The 845RE name indicates that the transmission has 8 speeds, a moderately high torque rating (4), rear wheel drive intent, and fully electronic controls; the “5” indicates the fifth revision of the transmission. It can, and will, be used with both 4×4 (in Rams and Jeeps) and AWD setups.
Known differences between the 8HP45 and 845RE include, according to oh2o, the 845RE’s clutches (which have extra friction plates for better performance) and, for some vehicles, a higher capacity oil pan. oh2o wrote that many internal parts do not interchange between the 845RE and 8HP45. The 845RE is to be built by Chrysler itself, in the Kokomo plant which also made the 65RFE and 545RFE.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
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2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track
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