The End of the V8 For Dodge Muscle Cars?

January 28th, 2019 by
2019 Dodge SRT Engine
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The sky is falling. Maybe not quite, but for American muscle fanatics, it might as well be. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the parent company of Dodge, has announced they are exploring avenues to use electrification to remove elements of their current powertrain set up. This is a way to go greener and is better for the world at large, but at the cost of possibly ending their run of V8 engines. Those intense powertrains might become a thing of the past, but we’ll have to wait and see how the future looks. Let’s highlight the details.

Don’t Fear The Loss, It Might Mean More Torque Gains

For fans of massive torque and power, we don’t expect that the torque would really suffer much. Adding an electric motor will help to increase torque along with the gas V6 engine that might replace the V8 powertrain. This would not be the first time that FCA has made this happen in their vehicles. Ram, another brand under the FCA umbrella, added an “e-assist” version in their 2019 Ram pickups with e-Torque for both their V6 and V8 engines. The 48-volt “mild-hybrid” system was actually part of the reason the pickup won as many awards as it is. There’s nothing wrong with helping owners get more bang for their buck with better fuel economy. However, for fans of impressive high-performance vehicles, this might be upsetting to lose any torque abilities. There’s no telling exactly when they expect to toy with the Dodge muscle cars, but the expectation is sooner than later.

Dodge muscle cars, like the lighting fast Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, have long used V8 engines in their fastest vehicles, the ones with SRT (Street Racing Technology) in the title, vehicles like the Hellcat. But, those that are worried should know this is not an industry experiment for Dodge.

Other Companies Have Made This Move

FCA is not the first company to add some electric acceleration and power into their vehicles. General Motors had several years of assisting their Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse with a small battery that helped the engine work more effectively and save gas with the start/stop setup. Typically those small motors would get up to around 90 lb-ft of torque for a V6 engine and up to around 130 lb-ft for a V8 engine. Dodge fans that want to have a future with electric technology, there’s hope yet according to the CEO himself.

“I think that electrification will certainly be part of the formula that says what is American muscle in the future,” said Mike Manley, CEO of FCA.

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