In this video, Racer X discusses the practicality of modding the 3.6L engine.
If performance on a budget is the goal, I would agree that the 6 isn't the way to go. But, I think there are a handful of people who would like to pump up a v6 and make a sleeper out of it. Likely not many people, but they are out there. But no, you won't do it affordably. But a well tuned super charged 6 I think would beat stock scat packs wouldn't it? Nothing to sneeze at.Just posting for discussion. Do you guys agree with Racer X's assertions? He is basically saying that the 3.6 is a great cruising but not a performance engine. Simple mods are okay, like a cold air intake, headers and possibly porting. However, digging into the engine and doing stuff like replacing the four cams, or adding a supercharger, would be extremely costly and could affect engine reliability. If performance is desired, it would be cheaper to buy a 5.7L R/T.
Only a sith deals in absolutes.. I wish people didn't deal in absolutes so often.
This is my train of thought. Doesn't have to make sense. Just make sense to me.Only reason I spent the coin to drop a 426 stroker in my ’15 SRT392 is I wanted something unique. I love the car so was a no brainer for me. Otherwise a Cat for sure would have been in the cards.
The disease continues. Getting ready to add an F1x Procharger to the mix which also comes with upgrading the HP70 trans. Still staying unique though
What movieOnly a sith deals in absolutes.
Sorry I just watched the movie last night, I had to.
I think the biggest issue with modding the 3.6 is a lot of the time it's someone who couldn't afford a V8 but they wanna make their car as fast as the hemi. There's nothing wrong with modding the 3.6 as long as you're reasoning isn't to make it compete with the hemi you couldn't afford, because to make the 3.6 competed you gotta spend more money than a 5.7 or even 392 would cost, and you lose the warranty on the v6 as well as reliability from added HP. Not to mention smaller brakes, suspension, drivetrain, blah blah blah.
I may be biased but I still think if you wanna build a car on a budget the 5.7 is the best option in dodges lineup. It comes with many of the same drivetrain components as the 392, it can take 8lbs boost all day reliably, has the V8 sound, good amount of aftermarket support, etc all for a price not much higher than the 3.6 (usually)
Exactly. To you that's what works. Personally I think exhaust is a waste unless all you want is sound. Performance has always been minimal, and my car is loud enough stock.I think we all were there when we could not afford the car we really wanted(or most of us}
Best to tradin your car and buy the Challenger you want and get the Power Dollars among a few more rebates.Too me adding anything more then a muffler is a waste................JT
I also don't have the luxury of a garage or capability to invest in two vehicles.That's what Grand Cherokees are for. And now that I have a 392 tucked away for the winter I can settle for a well appointed V6 Jeep and still have a reason to wake up for work in the morning.
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That assumes you want /can afford/have space for both. Many people don't want the hassle of more than one vehicle. Not me, as we also have a grand Cherokee (and a dart and an old ram). But jeez maintenance and insurance adds up on all of them...That's what Grand Cherokees are for. And now that I have a 392 tucked away for the winter I can settle for a well appointed V6 Jeep and still have a reason to wake up for work in the morning.
I live in Idaho and weather was also a consideration of mine. My 2018 SXT is RWD but with dedicated snow tires (and more years than I care to admit driving RWD cars in the snow} I get around just fine and don't regret it at all. And you are right, it looks and sounds great and doesn't break the bank.As a relatively new challenger owner (just got my 2020 GT in June) I'll throw in a consideration I had that wasn't mentioned yet.
Location - I live in New England and a good chunk of the year isn't very friendly to high HP rear-wheel drive vehicles. AWD was pretty non-negotiable for me. And until there is an AWD V8 (a guy can dream right?) it narrowed down my options quickly.
Location also accounts for my daily commute. 36 miles each way is no joke, so MPG was also kind of in the back of my mind.
Since this is also really my first foray into muscle cars and customization the V6 made a whole lot of sense. I recognize I don't get some of the cool V8 toys like superchargers and shaker packs but that's ok for now. I think my car looks rad, sounds rad and drives like a dream, it's fast enough for me. And I'm not blowing up my budget to get a lot of value.
I think there's a big value proposition to be made for the Pentastar.