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.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]
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, [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]