Chrysler Group's Pentastar V-6 "Three-peats" on Ward's 10 Best Engines List
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 13, 2012
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
oLone engine among Ward's 10 Best to be tested in a truck
o"Combines luxury-car-like refinement with boatload of low-end torque,"
says Drew Winter,
Ward's AutoWorld Editor-in-Chief
oHas accounted for 7 percent improvement in fuel economy across Chrysler
oContributes to best-in-class fuel-economy ratings for Ram 1500, Chrysler
300 and Dodge Charger
Chrysler Group's Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6 has been named one of Ward's 10 Best
Engines for the third consecutive year.
But even in this elite group, the Pentastar rises to the top. While every
other engine on the Ward's 2013 list was tested in a car, mostly of the sporty
variety, the DOHC Pentastar was evaluated in a truck – the 2013 Ram 1500
"We are most grateful to Ward's for this recognition," says Bob Lee, Chrysler
Group Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion
Engineering. "It is testament to our efforts to design and build the most
efficient, capable and fun-to-drive engines in the industry."
The Pentastar, which delivers 305 horsepower in the Ram 1500 and has a 269
lb.-ft. peak torque rating, is a mainstay of Chrysler Group's powertrain
lineup. It is available in 13 nameplates, from the Chrysler Town & Country
minivan to the Dodge Charger Pursuit police vehicle.
The net effect: a 7 percent across-the-board improvement in fuel efficiency.
"The Pentastar combines luxury-car-like refinement with a boatload of low-end
torque to create an engine that seems almost too good to be in a pickup," adds
Drew Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Ward's AutoWorld magazine. "In addition to
delivering best-in-class fuel economy and best-in-class towing capacity, it's
just plain classy."
Coupled with the segment-exclusive TorqueFlite 8-speed transmission, the
naturally aspirated Pentastar helps the 2013 Ram 1500 achieve best-in-class
fuel economy of 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, trumping trucks
that feature engines equipped with turbochargers and direct injection. The
Pentastar-powered Ram also has a tow rating of 6,500 lbs., which is unmatched
by any other pickup's standard-equipment V-6.
Model-year 2013 marks the Pentastar's debut in the Ram 1500. The result is a
42 percent horsepower boost and 13 percent gains in torque and fuel economy,
compared with the 3.7L V-6 it replaced.
In select 2013 models of the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger full-size sedans,
the Pentastar's output jumps to 300 horsepower from 292 horsepower in
model-year 2012. But there is no fuel-economy compromise; the cars also top
their segment in V-6 highway fuel economy at 31 mpg.
Designed for ultimate flexibility, the Pentastar accommodates transverse or
longitudinal mounting; a 6-speed manual transmission and 5- 6- and 8-speed
automatic transmissions; plus the full range of drive systems: front, rear,
all-wheel and 4x4. Key features include:
oVariable displacement oil pump
oExhaust manifold integrated into cylinder head
oDirect-mount accessory drive
When the Pentastar launched with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, it marked the
beginning of a new era for Chrysler Group's powertrain portfolio. When all its
applications are revealed, it will have replaced seven 6-cylinder engine
The Pentastar is the second Chrysler Group engine to record three or more
consecutive mentions among Ward's 10 Best. The first was the 5.7-liter OHV
HEMI® V-8, a five-time winner from 2003-2007.
The HEMI® also was the last winner to be tested in a pickup, garnering honors
under the hood of a Ram 1500 in 2009.
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Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat
S.p.A., produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat and Mopar vehicles and
products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network
required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler Group's
culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and
Fiat's complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group's product lineup features
some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300,
Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger and Ram 1500. Fiat contributes world-class
technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-size cars,
allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including
environmentally friendly vehicles.
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