Fiat Chrysler Automobiles [NYSE:FCAU] has no plans to drop its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8, aka the Hellcat, into the engine bay of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, but the automaker’s top designer Ralph Gilles was game enough to draw up a quick sketch of how such a vehicle might be styled, which he posted to his Instagram account.
Gilles is a designer who regular takes to the track so it’s easy to see why he’d be motivated to draw up a potential Pacifica Hellcat. The design certainly looks mean but we have to wonder if it would even be possible to fit the Hellcat in the Pacifica.
What would be really cool is if some mad mechanic rips out the second row of seats and drops the engine in the center of the vehicle. Then we’d have a mid-engine minivan delivering up 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
Regardless, the Pacifica’s standard powertrain lineup is certainly nothing to sneeze at. The vehicle goes on sale later this year as the replacement for the Town & Country. It’s based on an all-new platform code-named RU, which is designed for front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles, and at the spring launch will offer a 3.6-liter V-6 with 287 horsepower. Later in the year, Chrysler will add a plug-in hybrid option combining the same V-6 with an electric drive system for, presumably, even more power.