The Hellcat Engine was Almost Euthanized
Back in 2011, the halo Hellcat project wasn’t awarded any scarce product development money. Then it was shelved. Luckily, the SRT folks kept pushing to make it a production engine. After four months, Chrysler’s product development committee decided to play along.
Even regular buyers have responded favorably to the 1500 EcoDiesel. They’ve only let it sit on dealer lots for an average of 13 days before buying it. The gas version is there for an average of about 78 before being driven to a customer’s home.
It looks as if Ford and General Motors will have more aluminum to themselves over the next several years. Ram won’t be picking up any of it with its horns for quite a while.
In “The Fast and the Furious”, when Dominic Toretto told Brian O’Connor that Brian owed him a 10-second car, he certainly didn’t have anything like this in mind. A four-door, V8-powered American sedan is nothing like a Toyota Supra Turbo.
Good luck, gentlemen. You’ve got your work cut out for you. There are plenty of people here in the states still waiting for the release of a full Alfa Romeo product portfolio, and the industry-changing Ford F-150 will be in dealerships soon.