• Aug 12, 2010
2008 Dodge Caravan R/T concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Let's include this one in the highly improbably file. The Mopar specialists at Allpar.com are reporting that the previously reported 2011 Dodge Caravan R/T minivan could come powered by a V8 engine. Along with most of the Chrysler lineup, the Town and Country and Caravan will be getting a substantial mid-cycle refresh in the coming months. While the main focus will be on upgraded interiors, the minivans are also getting new powertrains with the fresh Pentastar V6 replacing the tired old 3.8- and 4.0-liter V6s.

However, putting a V8 into the Grand Caravan seems like a stretch at best. Chrysler's own 4.7- and 5.7-liter V8s almost certainly won't fit in the vans, which are designed around 60-degree V6 engines. That leaves an engine out of the Fiat lineup as the only option. Unfortunately, the only V8s at Fiat reside under the hoods of Maseratis and Ferraris (along with the late Alfa Romeo 8C). Aside from the fact that these probably wouldn't fit either, none have ever been configured for a transverse application and they would all be enormously expensive.

As intriguing as the idea of a 400+hp Ferrari-powered Grand Caravan might be, it makes about as much sense as a Bentley-powered Volkswagen Golf. Wait a second...



[Source: Allpar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      some of you need to learn how to read, from allpar:

      An R/T model might show up late in the model year, sporting, of all things, a little V8 from a Fiat company. This is an unsubstantiated rumor. Maserati currently uses a likely candidate, a 4.2 liter (259 cid) powerplant capable of 399 horsepower; it would likely be detuned down to 340-360 hp. The same engine is produced in a street legal 4.7 liter displacement for use in Maseratis (424-434 hp) and the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione (444 hp). Ferrari uses a 4.3 and 4.5 liter version, pumping out up to 562 hp. Again, even if the same engine is used in a minivan, cost, chassis limitations, and other concerns would likely require considerable detuning. (A turbo Pentastar V6 would likely equal or beat the detuned V8 but is not ready yet and would not provide the marketing boost).


      not substantiated, would be detuned, turbo pentastar could beat the DETUNED version
      • 4 Years Ago
      one step closer to my dream car: a Ferrari V8 powered 1992 Honda Accord
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this minivan looks pretty kool( call it a guilty pleasure)

      Maybe they plan on building a new small V8 that is more fuel efficient, Hell I think a 2.4 liter turbo l4 with like 250 to 275 hp would be OK in a type of Sports Van like this !

      Rejoice you soccer mom's , now you all can get Jr to school on time and in sporty style , esp in orange !

      • 4 Years Ago
      Please no, a Ferrari engine doesn't deserve such treatment!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would trade my Prius in on a Ferrari powered Dodge Caravan!
      That's like cheating on your wife!
      Sonny
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can paint it what ever color you want, even put any engine in it you want too. But a minivan is still a loser cruiser!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe it's not so stupid. Oh sure - it doesn't have to be a V8 - necessarily - but being the first minivan to 'break 300 hp' would be fun. And that is VERY 'do-able' given the fact that the new 'Pentastar' V6 is going to be offered in the updated vans for 2011.

      Remember the Dodge Omni GLH. It helped bring respect to even the basic Omni. [Well..... more respect than it had] And the Viper boosted the image of ALL Dodge products. I think a Dodge Caravan GLH is exactly what Dodge needs. It would get people talking - and - I think - curious enough to take a good look at all things 'Dodge'.

      That said.... I wish Dodge never got rid of the 'regular length' version of their minivans. That's the one that would suit the GLH image best.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure, why not? Saw a Pinks - All Out episode that had a Ford w/a Chevy engine, so why not a Ferrari engine in a Dodge. Of course they could just design and build an American V-8 that could fit in the engine compartment. Or would that be cost prohibitive?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Instead, I'd rather see Fiat put the upcoming 500hp 6.4 Hemi into a Ferrari just to piss off all the internet bloggers and throw a couple of flowmasters on it just for good measure.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the v8 idea is nice to think about, but in reality, you know it wont happen... i did hear that chrysler is working on a twin turbo v6 (according to allpar) and is rumored to be a 3.0 liter unit making 420-hp, a single turbo is rumored to crank out 370. those are alot more likely!
      • 4 Years Ago
      And STILL I would not drive it. They'd make a hell of a scrap yard trophy in a few years though!
        • 4 Years Ago
        their solution for progression of their vehicles is still bigger is better, which has died long ago. They are still throwing huge engines with unimpressive numbers in there cars. (before I get flamed, Im talking about throwing big engines to make more power instead of making efficient smaller motors that will produce the same power). They have no hybrid's out nor have I seen anything innovative come from them, besides that tiny plugin roadster that was treated as a thought) It seems to be that their business plan is still in the 90s and hasnt evolved.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whatever Dodge makes is low-borderline quality. Craptastic job, Sodge. You really are improving.( extreme sarcasm)
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would. Minivans > SUVs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just put a Turbo 4 in it like they used to. Here's You Tube clip of a Caravan turbo doing the 1/4 mile at 111 mph in 12 seconds

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haPCQKOyMTo
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