Fiat Chrysler’s upcoming twin-turbocharged Pentastar V6 engine could trump the performance of the 370 horsepower 5.7-liter HEMI V8 with as much as 400 horsepower, AllPar reports.
We first heard whispers FCA had a turbo V6 in the works last summer when it was reported that the HEMI V8 would die in 2019 to make way for a more economical forced-induction V6, but until now, no additional info had surfaced.
Contrary to previous reports, the arrival of the forced-induction V6 will no longer spell the end of the HEMI V8. AllPar reports the HEMI will continue to be sold beyond 2019, as the LX-based Charger and Challenger are now destined to stick around until at least 2020.
FCA also has plans to add direct-injection to the Pentastar V6 engine by 2017 or 2018. It’s speculated the automaker is holding off on applying the technology to the port-injected Pentastar as it waits for the United States and Canada to adopt the use of low-sulfur gasoline.
The turbocharged engine should also arrive by late 2017 or early 2018.