Dealers might be able to start ordering Chrysler 300s and Dodge Chargers with the HEMI engine and the new eight-speed automatic trasmission in mid-February. One Allpar source suggested that the gas mileage would be 18 city, 29 highway — though this has been unconfirmed. The Pentastar V6, with the same transmission, is rated at 19 city, 31 highway; the Hemi, while larger and more powerful, does have the advantage of being able to shut off four cylinders when not under a substantial load. (This story remains unconfirmed.) Thanks to Hemi Connoisseur for the tip!
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, [...]
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 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, [...]