Chrysler’s past is nothing short of checkered; bailouts in 1979 and 2010, not to mention numerous cases of corruption and scandal. However, since the bailout, things seem to be changing, hopefully, for the better. An example of this step-in-right-direction attitude is the new flex-fuel Pentastar V-6 engine, which is now available across Chrysler’s lineup.
The Pentastar V-6 was created for a number of reasons, the first being the need to better streamline the production and manufacturing of Chrysler’s V-6 engines. The new V-6 does this by acting as the sole replacement for seven different V6 engines that were previously being used across Chrysler and its affiliate’s model lines. In addition to the obvious manufacturing and distribution cost savings for Chrysler, the new V-6 was designed to be a great platform for future performance vehicle applications. Due to its direct-injection and turbocharging capabilities, this finely tuned motor not only produces 38% more power than the engines it is replacing (290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque), but also sees an improvement in vehicle fuel efficiency of more than 25% in most vehicles. This makes it an ideal engine for trucks, SUVs, minivans, sports cars, luxury cars, and commercial vehicles.
In addition to being available on vehicles being produced under its own label, the new engine will be available on almost all Chrysler brands including, Ram Trucks, Jeep, and Dodge. No word yet on a V-6 powered Fiat 500, although we can still hope. Hopefully, The Pentastar V-6 will be the start of a whole new chapter in Chrysler’s history.