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.

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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.

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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.


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