Manual vs Automatic I've had an automatic challenger for a while now and have been looking into switching to a manual.

Now a days automatics are faster then manuals... if your looking for speed automatic is the way to go unfortunately. I had a scat pack manual and I loved every second I spent in that car.

You also didn't account for engine types in the fuel grade discussion.

Even literal retards and people missing limbs. I personally enjoy driving a manual more , specially in a muscle/sports car. NYC the D train all the way. I also don't want to be stuck with the base model that i see a lot of cougars driving.

Challenger R/T manual vs automatic - looking for feedback from owners.

The engagement point for the clutch is so high up that it requires very little depression to disengage. Hi. Had the same mentality as you did, but chose the A8 for fuel economy (I know, I know) reasons. As far as learning to drive it, you just get in and figure it out. I now have 60,000 miles and the clutch is just starting to feel different than new (the engagement point is slightly lower on the pedal). However, most of the cars I'm finding around me are automatics. Manual but you say you might spend a lot of time commuting in stop and go traffic. Should I go manual or auto?

Plus autos are typically quicker at the track now unlike decades ago and its rated for better economy too. The automatic is fully computer controlled and can adjust timing to account for bad gas. Also, I have no issue ripping a 3.9 second 0-60 time with 20x10 wheels and a tune.

I would ride a bike lol. There is no reason why you can't learn with a basic understanding of the mechanical workings, and the help of a Youtube video. Unfortunately I can't have my dad teach me since we now live states away.

In all honesty though, the A8 is a really great transmission, and will shift much faster than you ever could.

I have the challenger srt with the A8. Challenger automatic is faster but boring and challenger manual is more fun but slower. I would go with auto but I also find manuals annoying so it's just my preference. Traffic is not an issue, so long as you have functioning legs. My main concern is that I'm moving back to New York City and driving a manual in a traffic heavy place might get annoying. That's it. Manual transmissions aren’t necessarily more fuel … Thanks for the heads up.

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A Subreddit for the people who love Dodge Challengers! Edit: I bought an automatic because rowing gears has lost luster over the years, and the A8 ZF is head and shoulders above the manual on this platform.

With an automatic transmission you can use 87 octane. 6MT for Me!

I had the sales guy back it out and point i in the right direction LOL.

It was the first thing I felt when driving it, and I will never forget the sensation.

The 8 speed automatic is supposed to be really really good, better than manual in terms of performance and mpg and it has autostick to select gears.

(I hand calculate every tank), Challenger automatic is faster but boring and challenger manual is more fun but slower, New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. An automatic Challenger Scat Pack weighs just 7.5 pounds more than one with a manual: 4,239.8 pounds versus 4,232.3 pounds. To me, the A8 felt like my BMW. That can get a little tiresome, but I think it is still worth the enjoyment of rowing your own. The manual doesn’t have the same ability (at least in the R/T Hemi trim).

I had all of the same reservations that you had when buying my car.

Everyone drove stick in the 70s and 80s. Using Reddit.

Thanks for the heads up. I've been holding off on buying a Challenger because I've ONLY driven automatics, but I want to learn stick.

Manual all the way. I live in Sacramento California and the traffic here is heavy during commute times. Engine timing and fuel grade are variables that are independent of the transmission. Especially in stop and go traffic it would be another source of anxiety for me, I'm already worried the car might clip the edge of the construction barricades being so wide. With the automatic you get MDS mode, and can average higher MPGs. I drove my stinger in nj, right outside of Manhattan and I wouldn't take my stinger, let alone a challenger, into the actual city, city. Sure, there will be stalls and jerky gear changes, but that will smooth out with experience. The RPM constantly jumps around based on your throttle position, so that you are always at the best RPM.

My main concern is that I'm moving back to New York City and driving a manual in a traffic heavy place might get annoying.

This is not up for debate. A secondary reason is that with a manual you must buy premium fuel. I don't have a ton of experience with manual, and I figured if the 8 speed auto was good enough for the demon it should be fine for me.

I am in the market for a new (to me) Challenger. You won't regret it, or being able to push the clutch, rev, and dump it for a 35 mph burnout when a kid gives you a thumbs up. You will be stuck buying 91 or 93 octane gas regardless of your transmission. Manuals and the people that can drive them are slowly dying off. I love shifting and always thought that sports cars should be manuals also. Best I've gotten so far is 26.5mpg out of a 485hp 6.4L, not bad in my book! PS: The automatic trans can perform a shift way faster then a person. A secondary reason is that with a manual you must buy premium fuel.

The A8s may great for gas mileage and provide a marginal performance benefit, but the manual transmission will always leave you smiling. The problems with manuals is that they are owned usually by enthusiast/collectors/I'm loving this machine til the wheels fall off. With an automatic transmission you can use 87 octane. The automatic is fully computer controlled and can adjust timing to account for bad gas.

Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I'll be honest - I only know a little bit about manual from my dad teaching me how to drive his '70 road runner but that was only in the parking lot.



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