Stellantis Hurricane twin-turbo I-6 cuts emissions, will increase gas financial system and is extra highly effective

Stellantis Hurricane twin-turbo I-6 cuts emissions, will increase gas financial system and is extra highly effective


Stellantis revealed its new, 3.0-liter, twin-turbo, inline, six-cylinder engine, named Hurricane, that delivers higher gas financial system and fewer emissions than bigger engines whereas on the similar time generates extra horsepower and torque than many rivals’ naturally aspirated V-8 and boosted six-cylinder energy vegetation.

The Hurricane twin-turbo’s strong base structure permits Stellantis propulsion methods engineers to create two distinct variants:

  • Customary Output (SO): Optimized for gas financial system, together with using cooled exhaust gasoline circulation (EGR), whereas delivering enhanced energy and torque (greater than 400 hp/450 lb.-ft. of torque)

  • Excessive Output (HO): Optimized for excellent efficiency (greater than 500 hp/475 lb.-ft.) whereas sustaining vital gas financial system throughout heavy use, akin to towing.

The Hurricane twin-turbo achieves this V-8-rivaling efficiency whereas being as much as 15% extra environment friendly than bigger engines.


As Stellantis goals to change into the US chief in electrification, with a 50% battery-electric automobile (BEV) gross sales combine by 2030, inside combustion engines will play a key position in our portfolio for years to come back and we owe it to our clients and the setting to offer the cleanest, most effective propulsion attainable.

—Micky Bly, Stellantis head of propulsion methods

The Hurricane twin-turbo incorporates a broad, flat torque band that sees the engine preserve a minimum of 90% of peak torque from 2,350 rpm all the best way to its pink line.

Particular horsepower and torque scores will fluctuate based mostly on automobile. The primary automobiles powered by the Hurricane twin-turbo I-6 attain dealership showrooms this yr.

The inspiration of the Hurricane twin-turbo is a deep-skirt cast-aluminum block with a structural aluminum alloy oil pan. Cross-bolted metal major bearing caps include the robust rotating meeting of a cast metal crankshaft and cast metal connecting rods. Throughout manufacturing the block is deck-plate honed to optimize the cylinder bore form, which helps enhance gas effectivity.

Stellantis propulsion system engineers employed a set of applied sciences for the Hurricane twin-turbo to ship decreased emissions and attain big-engine energy:

  • Two low-inertia, high-flow turbochargers, every feeding three cylinders, for fast response to throttle inputs

  • Plasma Switch Wire Arc (PTWA) coating within the cylinder bores for an ultra-thin, low-friction put on floor

  • Excessive-pressure (5,075 psi/350 bar) direct gas injection with pumps (single for SO/twin for HO) actuated by a devoted chain-driven shaft

  • Twin overhead camshafts with wide-range, absolutely impartial variable valve timing

  • Gasoline-saving engine stop-start (ESS) perform with strong starter motor for fast restarts

  • Engine-mounted water-to-air cost cooler with a devoted cooling circuit (single inlet for SO/twin inlet for HO)

  • Twin water-cooled exhaust manifolds built-in within the cylinder head

  • Constantly variable displacement oil pump with built-in scavenge stage tailors pump output to engine demand, lowering frictional losses and serving to save gas

  • Excessive-flow ball-valve thermostat minimizes restriction within the cooling system, lowering mechanical losses

Every turbocharger within the Hurricane twin-turbo I-6 feeds three cylinders. From a efficiency standpoint, two smaller turbochargers with much less inertia spin up sooner and ship increase to the engine at decrease rpm than a single, massive turbo.

The compressed air passes by an engine-mounted water-to-air cost air cooler to scale back its temperature earlier than coming into the consumption manifold. Cooler air is denser, enabling higher efficiency by way of superior ignition timing, and serving to handle in-cylinder temperatures. An electrical pump circulates coolant after the engine is shut down to assist cool the turbocharger items for enhanced sturdiness.

The high-pressure direct gas injection system runs at 5,075 psi (350 bar) and makes use of injectors mounted centrally within the cylinder head combustion chamber. This design promotes finer atomization and super-fine management of gas supply into the cylinder for the optimum air/gas combination, enhanced by the turbocharged consumption air, for increased energy and decrease emissions.

The Hurricane’s turbochargers are optimized for every model. The turbos on the Hurricane SO ship peak increase of twenty-two psi, whereas the Hurricane HO turbos ship 26 psi of peak increase.

Serving to the Hurricane HO ship its enhanced efficiency are light-weight, oil-jet cooled, cast aluminum pistons with an anodized prime ring land and a diamond-like coating (DLC) on the pins to reduce friction. The Hurricane HO runs with a 9.5:1 compression ratio and makes use of 91 octane premium gas.

With a give attention to gas financial system, the Hurricane SO makes use of solid aluminum pistons with forged iron prime ring land insert, working with a ten.4:1 compression ratio. Its use of cooled EGR helps scale back engine pumping losses and handle in-cylinder temperatures. Premium gas is really helpful.

Powerful Coating for the Cylinders. Much less friction, decreased weight and unparalleled put on resistance from a thermal-sprayed microstructure of metallic and oxide elements that metallurgically remodel are the important thing advantages of the PTWA coating contained in the cylinders, an alternative choice to the standard cast-in-place or pressed-in forged iron cylinder liners. The PTWA coating is ultra-thin, in contrast with 3 to 4 millimeters of a forged iron liner and has 10 instances the wear and tear resistance.

Minimizing friction all through the engine enhances its effectivity, lowering its emissions and gas consumption.

The PTWA coating is utilized to the Hurricane block throughout the manufacturing course of on the Saltillo Engine Plant. The method, tailored from the aerospace business, melts a metal alloy wire at 2,300 levels Celsius (4,150 levels Fahrenheit), producing microscopic particles sprayed onto the cylinder partitions at excessive velocities, the place the particles splat-cool to type the coating and type a bodily bond to the aluminum cylinder bore. Honing the floor offers it a super-fine cross hatch sample with managed micro porosity for oil retention.

The PTWA spray course of leaves extra aluminum between the cylinders for higher warmth switch and engine cooling. This permits propulsion engineers to optimize the air-fuel combination and advance the ignition timing (spark) over a large working vary, one other mechanism to scale back carbon dioxide and different emissions.

Stellantis Propulsion System Household. The three.0-liter Hurricane twin-turbo I-6 shares design options, together with bore and stroke and cylinder spacing, with the globally produced turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4. In North America, the two.0-liter engine is at the moment accessible within the Jeep Wrangler, Wrangler 4xe, Cherokee and just lately launched Grand Cherokee 4xe.

The Hurricane twin-turbo I-6 is the first inside combustion energy plant of the long run in North America for automobiles utilizing the STLA Giant and STLA Body platforms.

The three.0-liter Hurricane twin-turbo I-6 is produced at Stellantis’ Saltillo Engine Plant in Mexico.


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December 2022