Four and a half years after outlining a five year plan for Chrysler, it looks like Sergio Marchionne gamble is paying off. Production has increased over 2.5x in that time with Chrysler’s US market share surging from 8% to 12.4%.
Indeed, I purchased my first new Chrysler product during that time, a factory order 2012 Dodge Challenger R/T STP 6MT with every option but the exterior looks package (go-wing, hood). It’s the most expensive car I have ever purchased and I love nearly everything about it. It’s big and rides on Bilstein shocks from the factory, it has a 3.92 rear differential and the low down torque blows away my old 4.6L 3-V. Sure, I’ll admit, there have been a few fitment issues with the car, but everything seems to have been ironed out with a few visits to my dealership.
This has me wondering, is there a future for the 5.7L over the next 5 years?
Chrysler has some of the most interesting engine designs out of any automobile company. I hope that it’s in their plan to release another update to the 5.7L Hemi engine. When Chrysler last updated the Hemi they added better heads, variable camshaft timing (VCT) to all models. The Charger and Challenger were left out of receiving an active runner intake manifold but the RAM 1500s received one. In it’s current rendition the RAM is putting out 395HP while Chargers and Challengers are stuck at 370HP. I know the new 6.2SC is coming out soon but like the 392 it is far from reach for most people. They could really modernize the 5.7L by making it out of aluminum and adding direct injection. Throw on a new variable intake runner manifold on passenger cars, better exhaust manifolds and a more aggressive factory camshaft and I bet you could match the LT-1 with less displacement.
What are your thoughts?
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