Ok, so the embargo is over and I can answer questions. If I miss anything, ask again.
For those interested, here is a link to one of my reviews:
So the new 8-speed auto is very impressive. It provides great control of upshifts and downshifts with precision accuracy. When you are hard into the throttle, the shifts are harder and quicker than any American auto trans vehicle Ive ever been in...and while its been in a while since Ive been in a Lamborghini, their auto or the porsche PDK come to mind. Is it really as quick as those two? when timed, probably not, but considering how fuggin lazy most chrysler auto transmissions are, this is a remarkable change. I think that the auto will be a popular choice, simply because it makes the car so damn easy to drive and picking the auto really doesnt hurt the performance much...if at all.
I believe that the automatic transmission is one of the reasons why we are seeing such impressive times, as it really moves through the gears quickly. The manual transmission is just how i like it, with a very solid pedal and a very connected feel. On the road course, it makes crazy power in 4th gear, effortlessly climbing to 140 in the straights and if you power shift going into 4th, even at speeds near 100, it will break the tires loose.
The hellcat charger has not been confirmed, but there have been countless spy shots and even a spy video showing the next gen charger testing with an engine that is obviously the hellcat. there is no mistaking the whine.
The 392 in the R/T is called the Scat Pack, and I spent a bunch of time with that model as well. I think that it should be the favorite of those people looking something with some *****, as it starts below $40k and comes with the newer 392 with 485hp and 475tq - which will easily tune to over 500/500. It doesnt have the monster brakes or the dual mode suspension, but it has brembo brakes, performance tuned suspension and all o fthe power of the SRT 392. Really, the performance differences between the R/t Scat Pack and the SRT 392 are really only going to be noticeable in a setting where the handling capacities are pushed to the limit..and how often does that really happen? I would take the scat pack in a heartbeat over the SRT 392 that costs some $8k more.