The supercharged 6.2 Hemi has been rumored for some time now, and though its debut car has changed, the power of the engine reportedly has not. Estimates of 700 horsepower have been floating around, but we believe, in the end, it will be tagged with a still-formidable rating of 550 to 580 horsepower, and around 550 pound-feet of torque.
A new source wrote that the “Hellcat” engine (the internal code is unlikely to be used in marketing material) will be all-aluminum (possibly with steel cylinder liners). At its debut, we’ve been told that all Hellcat-equipped Dodge Challengers will be black, with silver stripes and extra-wide chromed wheels in back; an eight-speed ZF automatic will be standard.
Since the current 845RE can’t handle that much power (it’s rated for 331 lb-ft), the company will either use the rumored 890RE or the ZF 8HP90 transmission, both of which are theoretically good for just over 660 lb-ft (900 Nm). If the power output is restricted or torque-managed, Chrysler could use the current 8HP70 transmission, good for around 515 lb-ft of torque, but it seems more likely they would use the heavier-duty automatic. In the quantities needed, perhaps a few thousand per year, purchasing from ZF would likely be easier than building it in-house.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]