In a surprise confirmation, Dodge publicly stated when it will end the V-8 production of the Charger and Challenger. This is further proof the death of the Ram 1500 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi is coming soon.
According to MotorAuthority.com, spokesperson Dave Elshoff said “… the Charger/Challenger platform and its Hemi (V-8) power go away after 2023. The unnamed replacement will be BEV.”
With this news on top of the announcement of a new Hurricane inline 6-cylinder turbocharged engine, the Ram 1500 5.7-liter V-8 Hemi days are officially numbered.
The reasons on why they would end the Ram 1500 Hemi production are varied, yet the top ones include: improving engine tech, tightening of emissions controls and changing customer mindset.
Basically, thanks to the Ford EcoBoost V-6 turbocharged engines’ success in recent years, many a truck customer who thought a truck isn’t a truck without a V-8 have changed their minds.
These small displacement engines produce more power and torque, are more fun to drive and have more fuel efficiencies than a V-8 engine in most conditions.
Plus, future emissions regulations are calling for cleaner-burning engines leading to the smaller V-6. For example, when the Toyota Tundra dropped the 5.7-liter V-8 for the 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6, it reduced emissions per mile by 40%. That’s a massive improvement just changing the engine.
Granted, small displacement V-6 engines will never sound as a good as a V-8, but the new approach of piping artificial engine noise into the cabin seems to have helped with those concerns.
While the Ram 1500 might still offer the 5.7-liter V-8 for another few years, we suspect it will be increasingly offered as an option and deleted from certain trim levels until it disappears from the half-ton truck completely. I’d suspect it will live on in the heavy-duty Ram truck lineup.