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Will the Hemi survive?

by David Zatz on

Rumors of the Hemi’s demise started swirling through the Internet last year, with several sources publicly claiming that the famed V8s would be dropped around 2018.

Hemi engine cutaway

At least one Allpar source wrote that the company was stockpiling Hemis in preparation for an early cutoff; the popular, inexpensive engine was reportedly to be replaced by twin-turbo and twin-screw-turbo Pentastar V6 powerplants.

Now, another source has written that this is not the full plan. The source claimed that the 5.7 Hemi is to be used through the 2018 model year, to be replaced by a forced-induction V6 which makes slightly more power.

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition

What about the Hellcat and the 392?

An Allpar source wrote that these will continue through the 2020 model year — also the last year of the current-style big cars. After that? If buyers keep paying extra for 485-707 horsepower, Dodge and Jeep (and maybe Ram) are likely to keep making engines that produce it.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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