- Jul 12, 2019
- Reaction score
- Ram Year
- hemi 5.7
They are testing the truck as the manufacturer provided it and letting it do/work as the manufacturer programed it. If they shift manually they are test8ng how they drive it, not the way the manufacturer programmed it. They also come out and say many times in many videos that this is what they are doing and that in the real world they would manually shift it. But if they do that they aren't testing how well the trucks tow/haul mode does on its own.
Also, they are testing the whole truck so if their is a flaw in the transmission tuning, it wouldn't be revealed if they manually shift. In any such test you have to pay attention to what they say and what they are actually testing and of course apply a grain of salt if their scenario doesn't match theirs. For example in the mid-west I don't typically worry about climbing 11,000 foot mountain passes. When I occasionally go west I'll just go slow if I need to. Not perfect does not equal useless.
You're missing my point. Yes they uncovered a transmission tuning issue. But no, that 6.6 GM gasser is NOT 3 minutes slower up the eisenhower than the Ram 6.4 is. If you drive exactly as THEY do (like mindless morons with the pedal to the floor), perhaps. If you drive like you know what you're doing, then you can get that truck up the hill just as quick as the Ram depending on other factors like trim/weight, gear ratio etc.
Basic physics. The GM engine puts out more power to the ground than the 6.4 hemi does. If you force a downshift if/when you run into that transmission tuning issue, it will pull up the hill faster than the Ram. It's a mathematical certainty.
So again: the issue with the GM is not the engine, or the truck being some POS, it just needs a little tweak in the transmission. And I suspect with the new 10 speed for 2024, the GM will outrun the Ram by some amount now; more power, more gears, more ability to hold near-peak power in more situations.