Long-time reliable source oh2o has supported the recent rumor that a supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi is being developed, and will likely appear in two cars on the large rear-drive platform (Lx). While he had no comments regarding the rumored SRT Barracuda, his confirmation of the new supercharged Hemi lends major support to the rumor. The reason for the reduced size is unknown, but it is not unheard of for engines with forced induction to have smaller strokes. The hottest turbocharged Chrysler four-cylinder engines in the 1980s were based on the 2.2 rather than the long-stroke 2.5.
The supercharger would likely boost horsepower to the 490-540 hp range. The 2012 Camaro ZL1 and Mustang GT500 are both supercharged.
Superchargers have long been favored by engineers with Chrysler, though the company has, to date, only produced turbocharged engines. The late Charles “Pete” Hagenbuch argued unsuccessfully for a supercharged 2.2, rather than the turbocharged version that was actually produced. In 1994, when the Neon was the hottest small car in America, with waiting lists at many dealerships, rumors of a supercharged version swirled around the Internet.
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
The 2015 Dodge Charger squad has been tested in police trim for the first time, but since it kept the five-speed automatic, it has turned in numbers similar to past years. While the eight-speed V6 Charger does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, the five-speed was timed at 8.05 seconds by the Michigan State Police. The civilian 2015 Charger gained acceleration from the eight-speed, [...]
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]