Dodge to drop V8s from SRT models by 2019: Report

Dodge to drop V8s from SRT models by 2019: Report

Over the last few years we’ve been spoiled with over-the-top V8 muscle cars, but it looks as though the good times could be coming to an end, at least for Fiat Chrysler’s Dodge brand.

Citing a “reliable source” at JeepTrackhawkForums, Motor Authority is claiming that Dodge is planning to pull the plug on V8 engines for its SRT line of high-performance vehicles for the 2019 model year. That would mean the end of the road for both the naturally aspirated 6.4L HEMI V8 as well as the 6.2L supercharged Hellcat V8.

No mention was made of the 5.7L HEMI V8 used in lesser R/T models.

According to the unnamed source, Dodge will replace the V8s in its SRT cars with turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines. However, that doesn’t seem to make much sense. And, as Judge Judy likes to remind us, if it doesn’t make sense, it probably isn’t true.

Even with an extreme factory tune, a four-cylinder turbocharged engine can’t reliable make much more power than the 381 horsepower seen in the Mercedes-Benz CLA45. Although impressive, that’s figure is well short of the 485 horsepower offered by today’s SRT models with the 6.4L V8.

That being said, a four-pot with that kind of power on tap might make sense for Dodge’s R/T models, which currently make 375 horsepower. But again, the topic of R/T models was not breached in the report.

The claim of a turbocharged V6 for SRT models is far more believable. As cars like the Nissan GT-R and second-generation Ford GT have shown, it’s possible to get big performance numbers from a boosted-six.

FCA’s five-year plan revealed that a new Challenger will launch in mid-2018, presumably as a 2019 model year vehicle. That would coincide with the alleged drop date of all V8s for SRT models.

The report should be taken with a grain of salt, but it does appear to have some merit. Fuel economy regulation will eventually squash out the V8 entirely, and it looks as though 2019 could be that drop dead date for Dodge’s SRT-badged vehicles.

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