I figured since everybody wants to know about the 8 speed with the hemi I would start a thread for the 8 speed hemi owners, test drivers, etc. to let everybody know how it is!
My review is just after driving it for about 4 hours from the dealership to the garage! Here is all the info on my truck.
I know everybody is going to be looking for the MPG stats so I will post what I have so far. And it may be different for others because I have the factory tri fold tonneau cover. I got the truck with 18 miles on it and after the 250 mile drive I have averaged 17.4 mpg. ALTHOUGH before you start raging about how much bs the mpg claims are. It is brand new and for the first 1/3 or so of the trip I was having trouble even getting 15mpg. And by the end I was getting around 20mpg going 70-75mph. So I am sure it is only going to get better if anything. Also I could have got better mpg if I didn't get as many smiles per gallon
And the second most important thing! The power! I test drove a 6 speed sport with almost the exact same options before and I must say, the 8 speed makes a pretty big difference! I have not launched it hard or anything but I did get on it a few times, the power is unlike any of the GM trucks I have driven, this truck seems like it is much more ready to go. And I am not sure what the governer stops at but I know it is 105mph or higher. And I was not trying to top it out when I hit 105 I was actually just passing a truck and decided to see how easy it was. Lets just say I was thinking I was at 80-90 when I looked down and seen 105mph and this was my exact face
. So basically, the 8 speed definitely adds a lot of power at all speeds!
And now the other stuff! The shifts are very smooth! I honestly expected to feel the truck shift a ton of times and was a little nervous, but I never even noticed the shifts unless I was in the throttle fairly hard. And the manual shifting buttons work exactly how you would expect them to so I don't have much to say about that.
Sorry I do not have more info, I haven't had enough time to play with it yet! I will be sure to make a much more detailed post later on! Also I will add some pictures once I clean all the bugs off!