Dodge’s Next-Gen Hurricane-Powered Muscle Cars Look To Outperform The Power Mustang!

For the past few months, Dodge fans have been torn over the marque’s announcement to move toward electrification for its next-gen Dodge Challenger (LB) and Charger (LF) muscle cars. While electrification opens up a whole new avenue of performance for the two muscle car nameplates, diehard HEMI V8 fans have expressed their frustrations with Dodge’s decision to focus on e-engine-powered muscle cars instead of V8-powered ones. copies.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept. (Cleverness).

Dodge has tried to cushion the blow by demonstrating features like a multi-speed gearbox and a proprietary exhaust system to make their new “e-muscle” cars feel more like the internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles they will eventually replace. But it seems to have caused more chaos than good, as the HEMI enthusiasts are not yet buying EVs.

It wasn’t soon after Dodge’s announcement that Ford debuted its new 2024 Ford Mustang (S650). But what caused Dodge fans to make a double decision was the fact that Ford stuck with its 5.0-liter (302-cubic-inch) Coyote V8 for its performance-oriented models. Not only did they stick with the Coyote, but it continued to offer both manual and automatic transmission options.

2024 Ford Mustang Dark Horse. (Ford).

On Friday, Ford officially released official power figures for its fourth-generation Coyote V8. On the GT models, power is boosted to 486 hp thanks to a new dual-throttle design, an available active-valve exhaust system (480 hp without the active-valve exhaust), and 415 ft.-lbs. of couple. On the new flagship Mustang Dark Horse, the Coyote makes 500 horsepower and 418 ft.-lb. of couple.

But while Dodge may not be packing its HEMI V8 lineup in 2024, despite Dodge not making an official announcement yet, our sources have been indicating for some time that the next-gen Challenger and Charger will continue to offer ICE options with the new lineup of the automaker. of twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter Hurricane inline-six engines.

Twin-Turbocharged 3.0-litre GME-T6 HO (Hurricane) straight-six engine. (Stelantis).

Making their official debut under the hood of the 2023 JeepĀ® Wagoneer / Grand Wagoneer (WS) Series, the two Hurricane straight-six engines utilize state-of-the-art engineering and technologies, including two low-inertia, high- flow turbochargers for fast response to gas input, plasma wire arc (spray bore) coating in the cylinder bores for an ultra-thin, low-friction wear surface, and high-pressure (5,075 psi/350 bar) direct fuel injection.

The all-aluminium twin-turbo Hurricane engines offer an outstanding 420 horsepower and 468 lb.-ft. of torque in its standard-output (SO) form, and an awe-inspiring 510 horsepower and 500 lb.-ft. torque for the high-output (HO) variant.

Twin-Turbocharged 3.0-litre GME-T6 SO (Hurricane) straight-six engine. (Stelantis).

Both variants are predicted to power the next-generation Challenger and Charger, along with optional all-wheel drive (AWD) – another feature the Ford Mustang lacks.

We hope to learn more about the next-gen muscle cars after the start of the new year. But, if our sources are correct, the Hurricane HO engine will outshine the Dark Horse’s Coyote V8.

Dodge Charger Daytona SRT Banshee Concept. (Cleverness).

It will be interesting to see how these new Hurricane engines perform in a newer and lighter STLA Large architecture that will support the next generation of muscle cars.

However, Dodge has announced that it will be highlighting its new Dodge Direct Connection HurriCrate engine line, derived from the Hurricane engine, as the foundational building blocks of their respective tow truck building projects for next year’s MotorTrend Presents Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge event. It is the automaker’s first bold announcement that indicates its intended direction with the Hurricane engine moving forward.

Will the Hurricane straight-six be enough to draw EV naysayers back to the American brand of muscle cars?

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