Chrysler revealed the current 6.4-liter, HEMI V-8 engine back in 2005, but it didn’t see use until the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 rolled out. Since then, the engine has found itself under the hoods of many Chrysler vehicles, including the Chrysler 300 SRT8 , Dodge Charger SRT8 , Ram 2500 and 3500 trucks, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 .
Now, SRT president and CEO Ralph Gilles said that the company is considering replacing the current HEMI engine, but not before the end of the decade. And that’s because customers are still very much in love with the HEMI engine, but research also revealed that customers would also accept some changes in the lineup.
In a recent interview, Gilles said: "We are only making it because our customers want it. They love it. They love how it sounds, how simple it is, the elegance of it, it’s so reliable, and the torque."
When the current HEMI is replaced, you wouldn’t be surprised to see that SRT will decide to offer something other than a naturally aspirated V-8. This leads us to the possibility of smaller-displacement, turbocharged engines. This allows SRT to offer more powerful engines — on paper, that is — and reduced fuel consumption.
Click past the jump to read more about the current HEMI 6.4 liter V-8 engine.
The current HEMI V-8 engine is used in models like Challenger SRT where it delivers a total of 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque.
When installed in the Challenger SRT, the HEMI V-8 allows its to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just less than 5 seconds to go with a top speed of 182 mph for the manual transmission and 175 mph for the automatic transmission.