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Where’s the Hemi going?

by David Zatz on

The Hemi engine is at the core of Dodge’s reputation and credibility today.  As Dodge has gotten more and more muscular, the Hemi has become more important — but what of the rumors that the Hemi is being dropped in 2018?

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Allpar has heard from several sources who agreed that the 5.7 Hemi is slated to leave production next year. Hundreds of thousands of the V8s are being built for storage and sale in the meantime, to power Dodge Chargers, Challengers, and Durangos, Jeep Grand Cherokees, and Ram pickups. Why build so many instead of setting up a new line somewhere and building them to order? Ours is not to wonder why.

The 392 and Hellcat are apparently set to continue, even as the vehicles they sit in — the Grand Cherokee, Durango, Charger, and Challenger — are being redesigned to sit on the “G” platform/architecture pioneered by Alfa Romeo around 2021. Does that mean the redesign will be big-V8-capable? We don’t know yet, and maybe FCA hasn’t decided yet, either.

One rumor sparked some interest — that of a 5.7 liter turbocharged Hemi V8. This would boost peak output  near the 392’s numbers, possibly giving Dodge a way to downsize their next-generation muscle cars just a little, without losing Hemi power or the SRT edge. Whether that’s still enough in five years remains to be seen; cars aren’t getting weaker, hybrids and pure-electrics are laying down more-impressive track times, and engine projects don’t always pan out. We’ll keep you informed…

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