Dodge Might Axe Hellcat, HEMI V8s from SRTs in 2019

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Dodge Might Axe Hellcat, HEMI V8s from SRTs in 2019

Better grab onto those hot Dodge Hellcat models right now, because rumor has it they aren’t long for this world.

According to a report from Motor Authority, Dodge will discontinue producing HEMI V8 and Hellcat engines by model year 2019, making way for smaller, twin-turbo engines in four- and six-cylinder varieties.

That means both the 6.2- and 6.4-liter HEMI V8s available today will become a thing of the past before the end of the decade, as Dodge will likely become the next automaker to succumb to increasing emissions requirements resulting in force induced, downsized engines.

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It is likely that the American automaker will be able to maintain the same level of performance with its new twin-turbo engines, with some twin-turbo V6s putting out as much as 600 hp. What will be missing however is the iconic note of a throaty V8 revv’ing up, a sound that a smaller engine simply can’t mimic no matter how hard it tries.

Of course things can always change over the next few years and this is currently just a rumor, but not one that can be easily dismissed.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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  • smartacus

    why don’t they keep the V8 but downsize it to 4.0??

  • Terra

    Lol

  • craigcole

    What a bunch of bush-league BULL****! FCA, don’t get rid of V8s! I bet they won’t …

  • Kinetis

    The crazy talk always comes from Motoring Authority…

  • Mike

    Four cylinders and V-8’s are selling like hot cakes. What is dying is the V-6. Even Toyota is getting rid of the next Camry V-6 with a 4 cylinder turbo. Not the least bit interested in the decreased reliability of turbos.

  • danwat1234

    They could add hybridness; electric motors to increase the horsepower back up to and beyond what a helllcat drivetrain could muster.

  • danwat1234

    Maybe more friction from more moving parts so not as much fuel efficiency gain. Just guessing. They could try to have their V8s have an Atkinson cycle mode when at low throttle.

  • smartacus

    or just cut the engine in half. 3100cc V4 engine with double the boost.

  • Ted Smith

    AUDI IS GETTING 605 HP FROM ITS 4.0 V8 IN THE 2016 S8 PLUS, SO IT CAN BE DONE.