TorqueFlite™ 8 Leads the Field

2013 Ram 1500 TorqueFlite 8, first-in-segment 8-speed automaticHere’s a significant advance in light trucks: The Ram 1500 is the first in its class to offer an eight-speed automatic transmission—the famed TorqueFlite™ 8. The eight-speed units are standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6, and are available with the 5.7-liter HEMI® engine.

If you’re a pickup traditionalist, the kind of driver who likes to keep things simple, you may be asking: Why eight speeds? Are more gears better? In a word: definitely.

Multiple gear ratios allow the engine to maintain a narrower rpm range as the vehicle accelerates up to cruising speed. The engine runs nearer to its rpm of peak efficiency at all times, producing both optimum performance and economy.

The basic physics at work are not so different than in a big 18-wheeler, which can employ up to 20 forward gears in its transmission. You won’t be pulling 40-ton loads over the Rockies with your Ram 1500, obviously, but you can take advantage of the same engineering principle. The key difference: The TorqueFlite 8 is fully automatic with advanced electronic control—no manual shifting required.

Also, the top two gears in the TorqueFlite 8 employ overdrive ratios to minimize engine rpm at cruising speed, which maximizes engine life, reduces interior noise and minimizes fuel consumption. With the Pentastar V6 and TorqueFlite 8 transmission, the 2014 Ram 1500 boasts an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon on the highway and 18 mpg in the city. That’s stellar fuel economy for a fully equipped, full-size pickup with a powerful 305-horsepower engine—and one more way in which the Ram 1500 leads the field.

Experience the TorqueFlite 8 eight-speed transmission for yourself. Find your closest dealer and schedule a test drive today!

  • Ultracon

    The transmission might be good but Ram needs to get rid of that rediculous rotary shifter and go back to using a console mounted shifter when installed in a truck with bucket seats. The rotary shifter is definately a deal breaker for me when it comes to buying a new truck.

    • robert

      I have the truck with the rotary shifter it’s no big deal you get used to it and the extra console space is great

  • Tayler

    I agree with Ultracon. I do not like the rotary shifter and that is what is making me question buying a new truck. Cable shifter in my opinion is better than electric shifting…..

    • GeoffreyXE

      I was on the fence about the dial shifter too. I had a Ram rental for about a week and at first I was not thrilled about it. But as time went on I started to notice something. I had to back up my trailer and shift between drive and reverse about 20 times. With the dial I never looked away from my trailer when backing up. When I got my Dakota back I had to constantly look down to make sure I was in reverse or drive. To sum it all up I saved time with the dial shifter and eailer this month I went out and bought me a new Ram. I got some miles on it now and I have not wished once about having the shift lever back. Although, I wish they had a 6 speed true manual available. I have always loved my manual trucks. Automatics make me feel lazy.

      • Ed

        I agree bring back the 6 speed manual transmission !!!!!