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HEMI To Be Discontinued?

I am not sure if this covers all vehicle classes or just the car lineup. It sure sounds like all vehicle classes.

http://www.autoblog.com/2008/01/22/chryslers-future-does-not-come-with-a-hemi-powertrain/

Personally, if they are discontinuing the HEMI for the WK/XK replacement then they need to produced a diesel capable of producing the same or better 0-60 times, horsepower, and torque. The V6 is not going to cut it as a top engine choice.

Also does this mean the Challenger SRT-8 is going to be a limited life expectancy vehicle worth a ton a couple of decades from now?
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Not surprising due to low sales, high gas prices, new emissions regs and a somewhat dated design. I'd much rather see a diesel option come out that's more efficient and has more useful power at the low end where its needed.

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why won't anyone build a diesel hybrid?

because then we could drive our commanders and get 100+ mpg.

thats what needs to be built!
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It wouldn't be that hard for them to develop a V6 with the same or better power ratings than the current 5.7.
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i don't care much about horsepower. i perfer torque.
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Chevy is in the same dilemma with the new Camaro and Corvette - they have already killed the V8 in the next gen Cadillac's - mainly due to emission regs.
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turbo's.................
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turbo's.................
With that comes the addition of potentially more problems.
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not if tuned correctly. turbos are very efficient, make great power and are pretty reliable if they are not messed with by someone who does not know what they are doing.

i've had 2 saab 900 turbos. both had well over 100K miles on them. no problems with the motor.
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Here are some excerpts from one of the articles I read.....

The cancellation of a successor to the Northstar engine family was "the direct result of the 35-mpg fuel legislation," Wagoner told Car and Driver magazine.

He said when the project was first started, his company had "more optimism" about the future of V8 engines and the effect of emissions and fuel economy regulations. As it turns out, GM's wishful thinking wasn't enough to prevent controversial law from claiming one of its first victims.

The move also raises questions about the future of fuel-thirsty engines in general — not only at GM but at other automakers as well. Ford, for examples, is putting an increased focus on turbocharged V6s. Even BMW is moving to turbocharging as a means of decreasing displacement. Some American luxury cars are already debuting as V6-only — take the new Cadillac CTS and Lincoln MKS as examples.

Because CAFE standards look at the overall fuel economy average for an entire company, low-volume high-performance vehicles are unlikely to be affected by CAFE. As for everything else, we could be witnessing the beginning of a trend away from large engines all together.
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