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This one really has me confused, if you check FCAs official press material it says that it will be bringing in the 8 Speed transmission and replace the outgoing 5 speed. But if you check the specifications of said car it will only show the 5 speed availabl. This is really confusing and I was wondering if anyone could make sense of it or has any insight into what this means.
 

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The information supplied on the FCA - Dodge Fleet Website highlighting changes to the 2020 model are pretty confusing. You are correct - highlights state 8 speed will be standard on all 2020 Charger Pursuit models. But when you scroll through the pages, "5-speed" Transmission is listed as the 2020 transmission.

In the September-October issue of Police Fleet Manager trade magazine, David Callery, FCA Program Manager -Police Vehicles, opened a Manufacturer Session on August 13th at the Police Fleet Expo in Savannah stating that "....Dodge Charger was NOT going away contrary to many unfounded rumors in the market." Callery further stated that ".....orders for 2020 RWD Chargers (Pursuit Model?) are already sold out".

Adding to the confusion, the article states that in 2021, the new 8-speed will be standard on all (Charger) models. "This will allow for an AWD V6 Charger (Pursuit) with the new 8 speed transmission."
The article makes no reference to 2020 or 2021 AWD Charger Pursuit with HEMI engine and 8 speed transmission.

Sources at a local FCA-Dodge dealership and another source at a major New England police upfitter both volunteered that AWD V-8 HEMI Charger Pursuit models were going away and that an AWD V6 will be the new standard equipment. That would be a major change to the Dodge Charger Pursuit line up. Not sure what is required to use the new 8 speed transmission with the AWD HEMI Charger Pursuit. If it was an easy change, it would have been done already. Since the Durango AWD HEMI is now "pursuit rated", there are numerous changes coming in 2021 including column shifter, rubber flooring, steel wheels, new brakes (BR2?), vinyl rear seats and an "increased top speed". The shift from cars to crossovers and SUV's in the the police fleet market continues to grow. Let's hope the Charger sticks around - it is a great performing vehicle!

More to follow as time goes by. A large number of Northeast State Police Fleets have been committed to the AWD HEMI Charger Pursuit (New York, New Hampshire, Vermont) for a few years. I cannot imagine those large fleet customers are willing to make a change to the 300 HP V6 after running AWD HEMI powered Charger Pursuits.

Could be related to the October 17, 2019 $79.4 million federal fine for not meeting Fuel Economy standards? If anyone has more information, please pass it along!
 

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The information supplied on the FCA - Dodge Fleet Website highlighting changes to the 2020 model are pretty confusing. You are correct - highlights state 8 speed will be standard on all 2020 Charger Pursuit models. But when you scroll through the pages, "5-speed" Transmission is listed as the 2020 transmission.

In the September-October issue of Police Fleet Manager trade magazine, David Callery, FCA Program Manager -Police Vehicles, opened a Manufacturer Session on August 13th at the Police Fleet Expo in Savannah stating that "....Dodge Charger was NOT going away contrary to many unfounded rumors in the market." Callery further stated that ".....orders for 2020 RWD Chargers (Pursuit Model?) are already sold out".

Adding to the confusion, the article states that in 2021, the new 8-speed will be standard on all (Charger) models. "This will allow for an AWD V6 Charger (Pursuit) with the new 8 speed transmission."
The article makes no reference to 2020 or 2021 AWD Charger Pursuit with HEMI engine and 8 speed transmission.

Sources at a local FCA-Dodge dealership and another source at a major New England police upfitter both volunteered that AWD V-8 HEMI Charger Pursuit models were going away and that an AWD V6 will be the new standard equipment. That would be a major change to the Dodge Charger Pursuit line up. Not sure what is required to use the new 8 speed transmission with the AWD HEMI Charger Pursuit. If it was an easy change, it would have been done already. Since the Durango AWD HEMI is now "pursuit rated", there are numerous changes coming in 2021 including column shifter, rubber flooring, steel wheels, new brakes (BR2?), vinyl rear seats and an "increased top speed". The shift from cars to crossovers and SUV's in the the police fleet market continues to grow. Let's hope the Charger sticks around - it is a great performing vehicle!

More to follow as time goes by. A large number of Northeast State Police Fleets have been committed to the AWD HEMI Charger Pursuit (New York, New Hampshire, Vermont) for a few years. I cannot imagine those large fleet customers are willing to make a change to the 300 HP V6 after running AWD HEMI powered Charger Pursuits.

Could be related to the October 17, 2019 $79.4 million federal fine for not meeting Fuel Economy standards? If anyone has more information, please pass it along!
See people have done it. I believe a very small amount of chargers have the 8 Speed. they are heavily modified and the tuning must be a nightmare. But I don't necessarily have 10K to invest in getting this done. It really doesn't make any sense to me we will just have to see what happens in a few months when the car comes out
 
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