Dodge SRT Could Kill Hellcat V8, 6.4L Hemi in 2019, Replace Them with 600 HP Twin-Turbo V6

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 This is a good time to be in Las Vegas, since news is flowing in from the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' dealer group meeting. Now that the SRT division only serves Dodge, these people are starting a new offensive, but it seems some of the decisions the company has to make are more controversial than others.
By now, many of you have heard the rumor on Dodge killing off the 6.4-liter Hemi, as well as the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 in 2019. At first, we didn't want to publish it. Not because we hated it from the bottom of our hearts, but due to the fact that such an action would mean the Hellcat V8 would only receive about 5 years of service.

Given the tight budget Fiat Chrysler are currently on, that wouldn't make too much sense.

However, we now have a second rumor that appears to confirm the "bye-bye V8" info. Insiders talk about downsizing plan. It seems that SRT will introduce a twin-turbo V6 packing around 600 hp to replace the pair of Hemis.

Hmm... why does such and engine sound familiar when talking Fiat Chrysler?

This is the point where multiple possibilities arise. If Fiat Chrysler are passionate about one form of performance engines more than any other, it has to be the turbocharged three-liter V6.

Think about it. The Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte have one and the Alfa Romeo Giulia, which is reported to donate its modular RWD platform to future Dodge models, has one. Moreover, Ferrari is rumored to develop 2.9-liter V6 power for the Dino revival.

Sergio Marchione, Fiat Chrysler CEO, has long requested an industry consolidation and a sharing strategy, so it wouldn't come too much as a surprise if the 3L V6 trend would catch on in the US.

And speaking of Ferrari, if the Prancing Horse, as well as Porsche, have turned to downsizing, you shouldn't dare dream SRT won't follow the same route.
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