Will Dodge Kill The Hemis And Hellcats
There are unconfirmed reports and rumors again that Dodge could be killing off the popular SRT Hemi's and Hellcat models soon and if you have seen the latest Dodge commercial on TV that has the Dodge brothers touring a new showroom and looking at their new cars doing burnouts and donuts they even say at the end "Get yours before they are history!"
So time could be running out on the Dodge Hemi's and Hellcats, and some sources suggest all HEMI's and SRT models will be gone from the Dodge lineup by 2019.
Some rumors are that the current plan is for both HEMI engines to end their run in 2019. Both the 6.4-liter and supercharged 6.2-liter units will be supplanted by twin-turbo four or twin-turbo six-cylinder engines, depending on the vehicle, which seems to be a current trend especially with Ford and GM adding smaller turbocharged engines to their vehicle lineups.
These unconfirmed reports also make sense because impending CAFE requirements will almost certainly make V-8 engines a rarity especially for automakers without big electric car credits to apply against them. Dodge will not have a lot of credits based on their current model lineup and due to the fact they have not embraced current hybrid or electric technology in their vehicle line ups recently to help their CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) credits .
If the Hellcats and HEMIs die after the 2018 model year, all the tire smoking Hemi's we've come to love and drive over the past few years will undoubtedly become collectors' items.
Hopefully Dodge will introduce a new "Limited Edition" model in 2019 with a V8 and pay a CAFE penalty - can you say "Baracuda"