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Ram 1500 5.7L V-8 Hemi days numbered as Dodge declares end of V-8 muscle cars

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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.

Why end the Ram 1500 Hemi production?

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.

The bottom line

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.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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