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Direct injection: 2016 or 2017?

by David Zatz on

Pentastar V6 engines

Direct injection is coming to the Pentastar V6 at last, according to sources — but not until 2016 or 2017.

The later date would allow the engines to take advantage of new cleaner-gasoline rules, fought bitterly by refiners but welcomed by automakers. The reduction of sulfur in particular will reportedly be a boon to high-efficiency gasoline engines.

Pre-production plans for the Pentastar series of V6 engines showed direct injection as a feature of several variants, but it has not yet come to pass. Forced induction was also on the plans, but hasn’t been seen yet, except in a Ferrari-Maserati variant which is only loosely based on the series.

General Motors has adopted direct injection enthusiastically; the technology can provide both power and economy.

The Pentastar engine series is, according to rumor, due for a refresh in two or three years, similar to refreshes of Chrysler’s original V6 engines, the Hemi V8, and the 4.7 V8. The gains may not be quite as dramatic, though.

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