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V6 rescue for Dart?

A small team of engineers far from Auburn Hills is reportedly working on finding out if it’s possible to shoe-horn Chrysler’s new V6 into the Dodge Dart, according to Allpar sources.

Currently, the largest engine available in the barely-compact car is the 2.4 liter four-cylinder TigerShark, pushing out 184 horsepower and 171 kb-ft of torque; for 2013, the most powerful engines were both rated at 160 hp, with 147 and 184 horsepower, but the “torquer” was a tiny Fiat turbo-four which had some lag. The 2.4 is much more responsive, and in most 2014 models meets or beats 2.0 mileage numbers, but generally not considered to be a thriller.

Chrysler is making three V6 engines at the moment, displacing 2997 cc (3.0 liters), 3.2 liters, and 3.6 liters; the first one was intended for Europe and China only, and avoids extra “displacement taxes” on engines 3 liters or larger. The 3.2 was originally meant to be the volume engine, and is the only one available for Cherokee; it was designed specifically for better gas mileage, through lower internal friction and weight. The 3.6 is the original Pentastar, and will reportedly be optional in the 2015 Chrysler 200.

Even the 3.0 liter engine is reportedly capable of 230 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque, though due to air and exhaust path issues in a tight engine bay, these numbers could fall. The 3.2, which is likely similar in external dimensions, is rated at 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque in the Jeep Cherokee. Either would be far more powerful than the 2.4.

Many believe a better solution would be using the nine-speed ZF automatic in the Dart, but with some nine-speed facilities still in construction and the rest reportedly still ramping up, and high demand expected for the nine-speed-equipped Cherokee and 200, it seems unlikely that the Dart will be given that state-of-the-art transmission any time soon. Even the V6 option is likely a year or two out: even if the engineers figure out how to fit it into the car, and then how to do it at the rate of one per minute (or faster), they still have to run a battery of tests to make sure it will not overheat or be impossible to repair.

Fiat 500L recall

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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....

2015 300 spotted

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....

Hellcat ring-tones

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. Deeper looks: 2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...

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