Ram is ready to kill V8s: here’s how to do it

We’ve been talking a lot about the RAM/Jeep/Dodge Hurricane six online lately, and there are many reasons for it. He’s a compact, little six-cubic-inch, with plenty of power and room to grow. It’s the last internal combustion design we’ll see outside of the company, so it had to be a lot of things, and it is. And that includes allowing Ram to cut your other gasoline engines as you walk the path to full electrification.

Comparing the Ram and the Jeep Hurricane six

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Ram 1500TRX | RAM

When you compare its numbers to other gas burners, it’s obvious that it will soon be the only gas engine available in Jeeps and Ram trucks. We ran a comparison along with some obvious additions and modifications to take the Hurricane far beyond its numbers now.

First of all, the basic Hurricane engine is a 3.0 liter inline six cylinder with 420 hp and 486 lb-ft of torque. With the High Output trim, those numbers jump to 510 hp and 500 pound-feet of torque. This is an adaptation of its 2.0-liter four-cylinder by adding, you guessed it, two more cylinders. It is a double overhead camshaft engine.

The significant part is that 90 percent of its power comes at 2,350 rpm, which is similar to V8s. Most of the negative comments about in-line six-cylinder architectures are slow throttle response at idle But at 2350 rpm, it seems to be a problem of the past.

What is the Ram Jeep Hurricane six made of?

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The New 3.0-Liter Hurricane Twin Turbo Six | Stellantis

It uses direct injection, twin turbocharging and twin overhead camshafts with variable valve timing. The pistons and crankshaft are forged and mounted on an aluminum block. The block also features a deep skirt design, which helps tie the main caps to the block, along with cross-bolting, which is for added strength.

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Instead of iron cylinder liners, Stellantis uses plasma transfer arc wire lining the cylinders, which is 10 times harder than conventional liners but is very thin. This reduces weight and wear, and the cylinders retain their shape for longer. In addition, the jets cool the bottoms of the pistons.

The compression ratio of 10.4:1 reduces fuel consumption. And more fuel is thoroughly burned with that extra hit, improving emissions. Also, the turbochargers only service three cylinders each. Due to the additional heat generated, the exhaust manifold is part of the cylinder head and has a water jacket. Turbos also create less back pressure, which helps with smoother, faster acceleration.

Can a Hurricane beat a Hellcat?

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2023 Ram 1500TRX | RAM

We know the days of the 5.7-liter Hemi are almost over, so it’s the first casualty we’ll see of the Hurricane takeover. But it makes sense. The 5.7 makes 395 hp and 410 pound-feet of torque. It has been a versatile, reliable and resilient engine in its many guises and on many platforms. But it will go with the Charger and Challenger in 2023, and we hope that applies to the Ram and Jeep variants. If not, surely in 2024.

As you can see, in its initial form it already exceeds 5.7 Hemium. As much as we all love V8s, their size, weight, and emissions just don’t keep up with today’s technology. After all, it was designed more than 20 years ago.

Then there’s the 6.2-liter Hellcat V8. A cousin of the 5.7, it’s rated at 702 hp and 605 pound-feet of torque. It is supercharged instead of using turbochargers. The Ram TRX with this engine was the fastest 2023 truck ever car and driver never tried. Could the Hurricane engine come close to seeing those kinds of numbers?

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How could the Ram get more power from the Hurricane?

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Bouquet 1500 (RAM)RED from 2023 | FCA

Like we said, Hurricane is just the foundation for more powerful iterations. Electrical integration is absolutely part of the plan. Combined with a hybrid engine, 600 hp shouldn’t be a problem. Bigger turbos and/or electric bikes that use the motor as a generator are just a few of the directions that could put the puny 3.0 into 6.2 territory.

With 2023 being its first year of mass production, and only on certain Jeep models, this is just a small taste of what’s to come. So while we mourn the cancellation of the muscular V8s, it will be interesting to see what configurations Stellantis comes up with for the Hurricane in the years to come.

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