Originally Posted by Scottina06
Lol.....how do u even know before anything is released? A higher HP modern engine that gets better fuel economy than the antiquated hemi is seriously what Chrysler needs to keep up with the competition.
I've driven the Pentastar, and didn't care for it that much. It wasn't as stout feeling as the Duratec 35 and 37 Ford uses, despite having more power than many of those variants.
Unfortunately, I suspect you're right, because at the end of the day modern consumers demand high peak hp numbers, with little regard to useful power, or power curves.
Truth be told, I'd be more interested in a stroked 4L version of the Pentastar with some small turbos like the Ecoboost has than a Pentastar derived V8. And frankly, I think that's where the future is, not in something along these lines.
FWIW, I want torque. 400hp is great and all, but if it doesn't have low end torque to back it up, it's just not going to be an engine I will enjoy driving around. My previous vehicle was powered by Honda's J35 engine with 250hp. Unfortunately, it was designed so that most of that power was only after about 4200rpm, and if you were trying to just cruise around town casually, it was downshifting and in many cases would have to drop so it was spinning around 3500rpm (which was loud and obnoxious).
I'll take lower hp and plenty of torque every day over peak hp numbers marketing.