by David Zatz • Posted on April 23rd, 2012
The 3.2 liter V6 will be used with a stop-start system — not a large surprise, but the number of 3.2s being produced for testing might be. This photo comes from within Chrysler, and shows a number of the engines, with purple paint presumably to make sure the parts don’t get mixed up with the 3.6 variety. The 3.2 is reputed to have numerous internal modifications which will allow substantial gains in gas mileage.
Chrysler is set to use Fiat’s stop/start technology on the 2013 Ram, as an option; the feature shuts off the engine while at a stop, under certain conditions, instantly restarting it when the gas pedal is pressed. The system is transparent and has been used on hybrids for many years, as well as traditional petro-fueled cars in markets where fuel prices are high.
More information: rumors and projections, an in-depth look at the Pentastar V6, specifications, repairs, and production / the factory.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track
HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...