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10 million (penta)stars

by David Zatz on

Chrysler has made ten million Pentastar V6 engines.

The acclaimed powerplant, which reportedly was nearly cancelled under Cerberus, has made it to the Wards 10 Best Engines list six times, and is placed in roughly half of all Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Ram vehicles; when the 2020 Gladiator shows up, they will be in 16 different models. A plug-in hybrid version pushes the Chrysler Pacifica to over 50 mpg, while a mild-hybrid version is standard on the Ram 1500.

The Pentastar has been Canada’s best-selling engine for six years running.

The second-generation 3.6 Pentastar boosted torque by 15% below 3,000 rpm, and boasts two-step variable valve lift.  The ten millionth engine was made at the Trenton, Michigan engine plant—former home of the 2.2, slant six, and many classic V8s.

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