Some people think the current Dodge horsepower party will never end, thanks to the Hellcat twins. The sad, unfortunate truth is that Dodge will stop making the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 after 2019. In other words, now is the time to stock up on as many Hellcats as possible, because the coming famine might be enough to make grown men cry.
This all comes from a report ran by Motor Authority. The automotive publication claims to have information that indicates Dodge will ditch the 707-horsepower V-8 Hellcat engine. It also claims that all Hemi engines will be dropped from the SRT models by 2019.
Apparently, Dodge will soldier on, creating performance vehicles that will be powered by twin-turbocharged four- and six-cylinder engines. While it simply won’t be the same without the brash Hemi V-8s, the coming change is being blamed on increasing government fuel economy standards.
Of course, Dodge could always boldly forge into the electric car market so it can gain credits that would offset the Hemi V-8 engines. That isn’t very likely, but at this point just about anything can happen in the car industry.
With the Hemi V-8s disappearing into the sunset, anyone who owns such a vehicle will likely have a true-blue collector’s item on their hands. After all, scarcity breeds high prices.
It should be noted that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumors about the Hemi V-8 engines going away. So as of right now, it’s all just rumor and supposition.
Ultimately, automotive performance won’t go away. Instead, it’s simply evolving as times change. Thanks to an increasing use of advanced technology in the automotive industry, future car owners will still be able to enjoy mind-blowing acceleration, just it might be without all of the bravado of a V-8 engine. After all, there’s always the Tesla Model S P85D.