Last year, Stellantis (formerly FCA US, LLC) unveiled the highly anticipated twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter (183 cubic-inch) HURRICANE® I6 engine, culminating nearly a decade of development. This innovative engine platform is poised to replace the GEN III HEMI®, offering a 15% improvement in emissions efficiency thanks to its smaller displacement and cutting-edge technology.
Available in two variants, the Standard Output (SO) iteration boasts an impressive 400 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. The HURRICANE High Output (HO) cranks out an exhilarating 510 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft of torque, currently featured in the Grand Wagoneer (WS). These formidable numbers are anticipated to remain unchanged for the 2025 Ram 1500 (DT), a highly anticipated debut for this engine in Ram’s flagship model.
Micky Bly, Stellantis Senior Vice President and Head of Global Propulsion Systems hinted at even greater potential for the HURRICANE at a press conference this past week in Detroit, stating, “We have more power. We just haven’t released it yet.” He emphasized Stellantis’ commitment to further investment in the HURRICANE, praising it as a “very good, lower-cost, rock-solid, high-quality stalwart of our collection.”
While 510 horsepower is already an improvement over the current 6.4-liter HEMI® V8’s output of 485 horsepower, it’s worth noting that this powerhouse engine might have even more to offer. Speculation points to an output of around 520 horsepower with some fine-tuning. However, our sources suggest that models designed for high-performance applications could reach a formidable 550 horsepower (similar to the numbers, shown by Mopar’s Direct Connect brand at SEMA, last year). However, there have our sources have also indicated that there are higher horsepower variants in the works. Notably, Stellantis has unveiled plans for a groundbreaking 1,500-horsepower variant called “CAT X” for the next-generation Drag Pak model to compete in NHRA/NMCA events.
The state-of-the-art HURRICANE engines are manufactured at the Saltillo Engine Plant in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, Mexico, the same facility responsible for producing the current HEMI engines.
Source: Automotive News