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Confirmed 3.0L Tornado inline-six engine with twin-turbo configuration

Less than 24 hours after our report on the GME T6 inline-six engine, Stellantis updated its media website to clear all traces of the all-new powertrain. Either way, the 3.0-liter mill is forced to shed a few more secrets thanks to inside information.

For starters, the GME T6 has been confirmed with a twin-turbo and ESS setup. The latter acronym stands for Engine Stop-Start technology. And secondly, the so-called Tornado will be launched in SO and HO specifications.

The standard output motor is expected to exceed 300 horsepower depending on displacement and the twin-turbo system. Considering Ram quotes 305 ponies and 269 lb-ft (365 Nm) of torque for the 1500 with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, it’s pretty obvious that the GME T6 packs a punch.

Most likely as a replacement for the 5.7-liter HEMI engine instead of the aforementioned six-cylinder engine, the upcoming Tornado will also be offered in high-output specs. This variant will likely spell the end of the 6.4-liter HEMI, a free-breathing colossus rated at 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft (644 Nm) in the Challenger and Charger.

This is the territory of the BMW M3, which is all the more impressive for Stellantis. An indirect replacement for the AMC inline-six engine and the Chrysler HEMI-6 engine produced by Chrysler Australia, the GME T6 could be launched for model year 2022 depending on the materials received by autoevolution.

As you can see from the first two screenshots in the photo gallery, the first applications of the 3.0-liter sixer are the WS (Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer) and WL (Grand Cherokee and Grand Cherokee L). In our previous Tornado report, we also mentioned the Ram 1500 pickup truck (codename DT), Jeep Wrangler (JL / JLU), and Jeep Gladiator (JT).

These vehicles are all fitted with the 3.6-liter Pentastar and / or 5.7-liter HEMI engines, hence the standard and high-power versions of the GME T6.

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