A new report from AllPar indicates the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 engine will go out of production by 2018.
Hundreds of thousands of 5.7-liter V8 engines are being built and stocked in response to Fiat Chrysler’s decision to axe the eight-cylinder mill next year. The engines will continue to be used in the Dodge Challenger and Charger, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 – allowing FCA to put it out of production whilst still selling 5.7-liter equipped vehicles.
The supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 and naturally aspirated 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engines aren’t included in the rumored plan and will continue to be built for the foreseeable future. The Hellcat engine will be used in two more FCA production vehicles that are to debut in April: the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
The next-generation Dodge Challenger and Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee will switch to the Alfa Romeo-sourced Giorgio platform by 2021. These rumors all but confirm those cars won’t have a 5.7-liter HEMI on the cards, however it seems possible at this point that SRT versions may retain the 6.4-liter engine. Replacing the 5.7-liter in the vehicles’ respective lineups may be the rumored turbocharged Pentastar V6 engine.