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State of the Hemi, 2022

Last year, numerous sources claimed that the Hemi V8 engine would be dropped by 2021 — later clarifying, “The 5.7 Hemi will be dropped by 2021, but the SRT Hemi may survive.”

The 5.7 was first launched in December 2002; it was revised in 2008, for the 2009 cars and trucks.

Recently, sources have told Allpar that a new Hemi engine will replace the current SRTs.

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Even Demon test cars live to be broken

Analysis. A video circulating through Mopar enthusiast pages this past weekend show what was believed to be a new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon (looking like the Fast 8 movie car shown here) with  serious engine problems. The people in the video were beating on the car hard, even though the engine was making a variety of very unsavory sounds. The video has been taken down from the original YouTube account,

Read the full story: Even Demon test cars live to be broken  »


FCA racks in NEMPA awards

Three FCA vehicles won top honors at the seventh annual New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) winter-vehicle competition.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee was given the top honors as “Official Winter Vehicle of New England,” as it has “several times” in the past five years.  There were three best-in-class awards, for the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk (“compact affordable SUV/crossover”), Chrysler Pacifica (“minivan/people mover”), and Dodge Charger (“affordable all-wheel-drive sedan”).

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Testing a Hurricane; next Cherokee?

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According to Real Fast Fotography, which supplied the photo below, this Jeep Cherokee is busily testing the new Hurricane turbocharged four-cylinder engine, based on FCA’s “GME” engine series. A standard and turbocharged GME will replace the current “World Gas Engines,” as well as some Pentastar V6 engines.

The normal Cherokee’s headlamps appear to have been replaced by sensors, which also appear in a revised bumper.

Read the full story: Testing a Hurricane; next Cherokee?  »


It’s official: US suing FCA

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit [full text] against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, accusing the company of bypassing emission controls through software. At issue are diesel engines, made by FCA subsidiary VM, used in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee; Cummins-powered Rams were quickly cleared of any emissions issues.

FCA has denied culpability [full text], and “intends to defend itself vigorously” against any accusations that it intended to cheat emissions tests.

Read the full story: It’s official: US suing FCA  »


At last, the Demon price

Dodge has finally announced the complete pricing for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. When you factor in the gas guzzler tax, destination, the cost of the Demon Crate and both the front passenger and rear seats, the MSRP starts at $86,093. However, if all you care about is running 9.60s with a street legal, factory built muscle car, you can get into the Demon with everything that you need for the low price of $86,091.

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New 500L launched

2018 500L

Fiat has launched a new generation of the 500L, their answer to the Mini Clubman — a popular crossover in Europe, and a dismally poor seller in the United States and Canada. The company claims that 40% of all components are new.

The car now has a seven-inch UConnect stereo option, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto built in. Three models will be Urban, Cross, and Wagon.

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Updated: Engine recap

Analysis. A great deal has happened since the last time we looked at the future of FCA US engines — mostly, we have learned about the new straight six.

The GSE four-cylinders, already being produced for Fiat, will replace FCA engines under around two liters in displacement, adding efficiency and drivability.

The GME four-cylinders, replacing the current 2.0 and 2.4,

Read the full story: Updated: Engine recap  »







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