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Supplier: Phoenix V6 engines are “Chrysler’s hidden crown jewel”

by David Zatz on

A supplier who asked not to be named reported on Chrysler’s upcoming Phoenix V6 engines, saying that they would be certain to survive any takeovers or mergers. “They’re good on mileage and power, and they’re very quiet,” said the supplier, whose credentials have been confirmed. (Jim Press earlier confirmed that the Phoenix project was still alive and well.)

According to presentations given to numerous Phoenix suppliers by Chrysler engineers, even the most powerful Phoenix, displacing 3.6 liters and producing (in preliminary tests) over 280 horsepower, is quieter than Toyota’s 3.3 liter V6 – and far quieter than the Toyota 3.5 liter V6. At the same time, gas mileage is said to be good, partly due to the use of high-pressure, die-cast blocks, which save on labor and allow for thinner walls and less use of aluminum.

These blocks are 20 pounds lighter than General Motors‘ V6 blocks, saving around $40 per engine on aluminum alone; an independent firm estimated that these engines are at least $300 cheaper to build than GM’s current V6 line, increasing the odds of its survival of a GM merger or takeover. 

We hope to have more information on these engines, which have been rumored to have direct injection and variable cam timing.

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