Industry Leader: The 3.6-Liter Pentastar V6

3.6-Liter Pentastar V-6

 

Red Ram, Ramcharger, MagnumV8—great engines are simply part of the Dodge tradition. The legacy of engineering leadership continues with the Pentastar® V6.

 

One of the most versatile engines on the market today, the Pentastar V6 is offered in the Dodge Avenger, Journey, Charger, Challenger, Grand Caravan, and Durango. Whether the job is towing a boat to the lake or wringing the last drop from a gallon of gasoline in the daily commute, the Pentastar can do it all. When the Pentastar went into production, it replaced seven former engines in the Chrysler corporate lineup.

 

One key to the Pentastar’s go-anywhere, do-anything capability is its wide, flat torque curve, which allows the V6 to drive and perform like a big V8 while still delivering exceptional fuel economy. A host of advanced features including VVT (Variable Valve Timing) improve volumetric and combustion efficiency across the engine’s entire operating range, allowing the Pentastar’s torque output to exceed 90 percent of its peak value from 1,600 to 6,400 rpm.

 

Not that many years ago, this level of efficiency wasn’t even considered possible in internal combustion engines, but the Pentastar delivered. The engine broke additional new ground by offering the cutting-edge technology across the market, in practical people movers like the Journey to sporty GTs like the Challenger.

 

For example, the standard Pentastar V6 in the Dodge Charger is rated at 300 horsepower and still delivers up to an EPA estimated 31 miles per gallon on the highway. Imagine it: V8-flavored performance in a roomy sedan with great fuel economy, too. It’s the best of all worlds. It’s no wonder that since the engine’s announcement in 2009, the Pentastar V6 has been honored with nearly every industry award—and continues to win them today.

 

 


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