Via Chrysler’s Blog:
In hockey terms, Chrysler Group has completed a hat trick, Ward’s AutoWorld Editor-in-chief Drew Winter said during this year’s 2013 Ward’s 10 Best Engines luncheon.
The event marked the third consecutive year Chrysler Group’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 has earned a spot on WardsAuto’s prestigious list of the industry’s most outstanding engines.
The engine was the lone winner to be tested in a truck, the 2013 Ram 1500.
In a nod to the pickup’s TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, a segment-exclusive, Associate Editor Aaron Foley said “we all noticed the ease of shifting speeds and how much torque was spread throughout all speed ranges.”
And, of course, the Pentastar featured “just the right amount of growl,” Foley added.
Three isn’t the only impressive number associated the Pentastar.
After accepting the trophy, Chrysler Group Vice President and Head of Engine and Electrified Propulsion Engineering Bob Lee (above) noted the smooth-running V-6 can be had in 13 Chrysler Group models. And nearly 44% of every Chrysler Group vehicle assembled today is powered by a Pentastar.
The celebrated engine has contributed significantly to marketplace momentum that saw Chrysler Group sales surge 21% in 2012. It is “a big part of where of where we are today,” Lee said.