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FCA Design Chief Ralph Gilles Sketches Pacifica Hellcat

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On: Mon, Feb 1, 2016 at 3:05PM | By: Carl Malek

FCA Design Chief Ralph Gilles Sketches Pacifica Hellcat

FCA design chief Ralph Gilles has always been known for having a strong imagination as well as an intimate connection with what enthusiasts want in a performance vehicle. He demonstrated both of these traits by publishing a sketch on his official instagram account that previews what a Hellcat-powered Pacifica would look like, if it somehow made its way to production.

Sketched with kid-friendly crayons, the souped-up minivan comes equipped with all the performance goodies that would be on a typical performance vehicle including a deeper front bumper, roof-mounted rear spoiler, custom front splitter, and massive wheels. The wicked Pacifica also features functional hood scoops as well as front air intakes to help gulp massive amounts of air as well as add to its sinister flair.

While it is highly unlikely that the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 would fit under the hood, the abundant cabin space would allow Chrysler to cut a hole in the floor, and bolt the engine in the area where the second row of seats would be stored. This unusual configuration is not unprecedented, with the Toyota Previa featuring a mid-engined layout during its time in production. While it will reduce the practicality of the van, I suspect that there will be folks out there who would gladly trade the sounds and associated spills that come with five screaming kids for the glorious soundtrack of 707 raging ponies. This arrangement would also allow the Pacifca Hellcat to be a much better man van than the overhyped and underwhelming Caravan R/T model.

Of course the idea of such a beast is purely hypothetical, and it would be safe to say that the idea of a Hellcat-powered Pacifica is out of the question due to its niche levels of demand as well as the high costs of putting such a creation into production. That said, one could be lurking somewhere in the deepest confines of Chrysler's engineering department in Auburn Hills, where some engineers could be working on it as a fun side project. These types of shenanigans are not unheard of with a V8-powered SRT8-badged Dodge Nitro being sighted in Auburn Hills and Detroit during the latter half of the 2000s.


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