Chrysler Pentastar engine

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Chrysler Pentastar engine
ManufacturerFCA US LLC
Production2010 (2010)–present
Configuration60° V6
Displacement3.0 litres (183 cu in)
3.2 litres (198 cu in)
3.6 litres (220 cu in)
Cylinder bore91 mm (3.6 in) (3.2L)
96 mm (3.8 in) (3.6L)
Piston stroke83 mm (3.3 in) (3.2L & 3.6L)
Cylinder block alloyAluminium
Cylinder head alloyAluminium
ValvetrainDual overhead camshaft
Compression ratio10.7:1 (3.2L)
10.2:1 (3.6L)
Fuel systemSequential Multiple-Port Fuel Injection
Fuel typeGasoline
Oil systemWet sump
Cooling systemWater-cooled
Power output230 hp (170 kW) (3.0L)
271 hp (202 kW) (3.2L)
275–305 hp (205–227 kW) (3.6L)
Torque output210 lb⋅ft (280 N⋅m) @ 4400 rpm (3.0L)
239 lb⋅ft (324 N⋅m) @ 4400 rpm (3.2L)
251–268 lb⋅ft (340–363 N⋅m) (3.6L)
Length503 mm (19.8 in)
PredecessorChrysler SOHC V6
Chrysler 3.3 & 3.8 engine
Chrysler LH engine
Chrysler Powertech V6

The Chrysler Pentastar engine family is a series of aluminium (die-cast cylinder block) dual overhead cam 24-valve gasoline V6 engines introduced for model-year 2011 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has invested heavily in plants ($2 billion, not including engineering of the engines themselves). The engine was initially named "Phoenix", but the name was changed before the official launch due to a trademark conflict; the Pentastar name is derived from the trademark of the former Chrysler Corporation, which dates back to 1963. The Pentastar was introduced at the 2009 New York Auto Show.[1][2] The engine design also allows the use of E85 or 87 octane fuel, supports cylinder deactivation, and features dual variable valve timing. The Pentastar engine currently does not use exhaust gas recirculation;[3] however it not only supports the use of the technology but is expected to add it in a near-term engine update.[4] Both Direct Injection as well as forced air induction options were engineered into the Pentastar engine's design, however, like cylinder deactivation, these have not yet been implemented from the factory and remain "on the shelf" at this time.[5]

First generation[edit]


Code Displacement Bore Stroke Years Power SAE Torque SAE
2,997 cc (182.9 cu in) 91.0 mm (3.58 in) 76.8 mm (3.02 in) 2013– 172 kW (234 PS) at 6350 rpm 285 N⋅m (210 lb⋅ft) at 4400 rpm
S 3,239 cc (197.7 cu in) 91.0 mm (3.58 in) 83.0 mm (3.27 in) 2014– 271 bhp (202 kW; 275 PS) at 6750 rpm (Cherokee) 239 lb⋅ft (324 N⋅m) at 4400 rpm
G 3,604 cc (219.9 cu in)[6][7] 96.0 mm (3.78 in)[6] 83.0 mm (3.27 in)[6] 2010– 283 bhp (211 kW; 287 PS) at 6400 rpm (Avenger, Grand Caravan, Journey, Town & Country, 200, Routan) 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) at 4800 rpm
290 bhp (216 kW; 294 PS) at 6350 rpm (Grand Cherokee, Durango) 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) at 4800 rpm
292 bhp (218 kW; 296 PS) at 6350 rpm (Charger, 300)[8]
305 bhp (227 kW; 309 PS) at 6350 rpm (Challenger) 268 lb⋅ft (363 N⋅m) at 4800 rpm
2012– 285 bhp (213 kW; 289 PS) at 6400 rpm (Wrangler) 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m) at 4800 rpm
2013– 300 bhp (224 kW; 304 PS) at 6350 rpm (Charger Rallye Group, 300S) 264 lb⋅ft (358 N⋅m) at 4800 rpm
305 bhp (227 kW; 309 PS) at 6400 rpm (RAM 1500)[8] 269 lb⋅ft (365 N⋅m) at 4175 rpm
2015– 2016 295 bhp (220 kW; 299 PS) at 6350 rpm (Chrysler 200) 262 lb⋅ft (355 N⋅m) at 4250 rpm
2012- 280 PS (206 kW) at 6350 rpm (Fiat Freemont) 342 N⋅m (252 lb⋅ft) at 4350 rpm
283 PS (208 kW) at 6600 rpm (Lancia Voyager) 344 N⋅m (254 lb⋅ft) at 4000 rpm
286 PS (210 kW) at 6350 rpm (Lancia Thema) 340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft) at 4650 rpm





  • 2010–2014 Chrysler 200[9] (Models: LX, Touring, Limited, S, and C)
  • 2010–2016 Chrysler Town & Country (Models: LX, Touring, Touring "L", Limited, S, Limited Platinum)
  • 2010–2014 Dodge Avenger (Models: SE V6, SXT, R/T)
  • 2010–present Dodge Challenger (Models: SE, SXT, SXT +, SXT Rallye Edition, GT)
  • 2010–present Dodge Charger (Models: SE, SXT, SXT +, SXT Rallye Edition)
  • 2010–present Dodge Durango (Models: Express, SXT, Crew, Crew Lux, Citadel, ACT Plus, Limited, R/T)
  • 2010–present Dodge Grand Caravan (Models: SE American Value Package (AVP) or Canadian Value Package (CVP), SE, Crew, Crew Lux, SXT, R/T, SE Plus, SXT Plus, GT)
  • 2010–present Dodge Journey (Models: SE American Value Package (AVP) or Canadian Value Package (CVP), Mainstreet, Crew, Crew Lux, SXT, R/T Crossroad)
  • 2010–present Jeep Grand Cherokee (Models: Laredo "E", Laredo "X", 70TH Anniversary Edition, Trailhawk, Altitude Edition, Limited, Overland, Overland Summit Edition)
  • 2010–2014 Volkswagen Routan (Models: S, SE, SEL, SEL Premium)
  • 2011–present Chrysler 300 (Models: 300 Base, 300 S V6, 300 C w/ V6, 300 C Glacier Series w/ V6, 300 C Luxury Series w/ V6)
  • 2012–2018 Jeep Wrangler JK (Models: Sport, Unlimited Sport, Sport "S", Unlimited Sport "S", Freedom Edition, Unlimited Freedom Edition, Altitude Edition, Unlimited Altitude Edition, 70TH Anniversary Edition, Unlimited 70TH Anniversary Edition, Sahara, Unlimited Sahara, Moab, Unlimited Moab, Rubicon, Unlimited Rubicon, Rubicon 10TH Anniversary, Unlimited Rubicon 10TH Anniversary) Jeep Rubicon Recon 2017
  • 2011–2015 Ram Cargo Van (Models: C/V Base, C/V Tradesman)
  • 2012–2015 Lancia Voyager (Models: Limited)
  • 2012–2014 Lancia Thema
  • 2012–present Fiat Freemont
  • 2012–present Ram 1500 (Models: Tradesman, SLT, HFE)
  • 2013–present Ram ProMaster
  • 2014–2017 Chrysler 200 (295-hp, 262-lb ft)
  • 2016–present Chrysler Pacifica (RU) (287-hp, 262-lb ft) (Hybrid: 260-hp combined, 230-lb ft)

Pentastar upgrade[edit]

For 2016, FCA released an updated version of the 3.6 L engine for the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango. This engine now featured two-stage variable valve lift (VVL), a cooled EGR, a new intake manifold, new fuel injectors, and new ignition coils. It also features upgrades to the variable valve timing (VVT) system, an increased compression ratio (11.3:1), lower internal friction and lower weight. These improvements help to increase power as well as efficiency.[10] The new version, however, has lost its flex-fuel capability.

Code Displacement Bore Stroke Years Power SAE Torque SAE
3,604 cc (219.9 cu in) 96.0 mm (3.78 in) 83.0 mm (3.27 in) 2016– 295 hp (220 kW) 260 lb⋅ft (353 N⋅m)



The Pentastar engines are made in three different factories: Mack Avenue Engine Complex, Trenton Engine Plant and Saltillo South Engine Plant.[11]

Insiders initially reported that the engine would come in four basic sizes (3.0L, 3.3L, 3.6L, and 4.0L), each offered in various states of tune. The 4.0L has been dropped from the list and a 3.2L added, while Fiat's investor website, as of December 2011, specifies the 3.0L with Fiat's MultiAir technology.[12] The 3.6L engine itself has different horsepower ratings in different vehicles, and has higher horsepower (305 hp) and torque (268 lb-ft) as used in the Dodge Challenger[13]

Twin and single turbocharged variants had been planned for 2015. These engines were projected to produce around 420 and 370 horsepower respectively. Direct injection was also planned.[14]

Due to the new ownership structure, Fiat has obtained the right to use these engines, and currently adopt them in the larger models of Lancia and Fiat brands.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joseph, Noah (April 13, 2009). "Chrysler's flexible new Pentastar V6". Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  2. ^ "NY Show: Chrysler LLC Introduces All-new Pentastar V-6 Engine". Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  3. ^ "2011 Dodge Challenger Officially Revealed With 305-HP Pentastar V6". Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  4. ^ "2016 Pentastar V6 adds new VVT, cooled EGR".
  5. ^ "2016 Pentastar V6 adds new VVT, cooled EGR".
  6. ^ a b c "All-new 3.6-litre V-6 Technical Specifications". Chrysler LLC. June 20, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010.
  7. ^ "3.6-litre V-6 General Specifications" (PDF). Chrysler LLC. February 15, 2011. Retrieved February 15, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Pentastar V-6 Set to Roll Out Across Broad Range of New Chrysler... – AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/". Michigan: Retrieved 2011-05-13.
  9. ^ "Chrysler Brand Releases Information Regarding New 2011 Mid-sized Sedan, the Chrysler 200". 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  10. ^ Retrieved 10 February 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "FCA US LLC Manufacturing Operations". FCA US LLC. Retrieved 11 May 2015.
  12. ^ "2011 Fiat Investor Site" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-12-07.
  13. ^ "2011 Dodge Challenger cars". Retrieved 2010-10-26.
  14. ^ "Chrysler Pentastar V6 Engines for 2010 and Beyond". Retrieved 2010-08-29.

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