Yesterday, Glenn Paulina caught the SRT team in mule cars, testing the new supercharged 6.2-liter “Hellcat” V8. At least one Dodge Charger was present, testing the 6.2 V8 engine, which due for a calendar-year 2014 launch in the 2015 Challenger, Charger, and possibly 300C.
Allpar’s Danno wrote that, along with the high-powered engine, the next-generation Challenger will have a special lightweight hood, cutting weight a bit; there may be other weight-saving adjustments as well. This car will have a hefty price tag, but should still check in below equivalent Ford and Chevy cars, boasting similar or better performance with a much more livable cabin.
According to Danno, the Challenger’s lower front bumper has no less than three air intakes; on the outer edges, where the fog lights were, are intakes for the supercharger coolers. The supercharged Hemi makes a huge amount of noise, and as one would expect, gulps in a large amount of air; twin charge air coolers are set up to reduce the temperature of the incoming air. Charger’s larger grille seems more amenable to the setup than Challenger’s, allowing Charger to keep its fog lights.
There is still development and durability work to do on the supercharged engine, but it appears that it’s proceeding well so far.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]