FCA design boss sketches Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat
Ralph Gilles, the head of Fiat-Chrysler’s design department, is known for having a wild imagination. Much to the delight of enthusiasts, he’s demonstrated just how far his imagination stretches by publishing a sketch on his official Instagram account that shows what a Hellcat-powered version of Chrysler’s new Pacifica could look like.
Drawn with Crayons, the hot-rodded minivan gains all of the styling cues you’d expect to find on a high-performance car, including a deeper front bumper with a splitter and vertical air intakes, hood scoops, massive wheels, and a huge wing mounted on the roof.
We doubt the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine fits under the hood of the Pacifica, but there’s plenty of space in the cabin for Chrysler to cut a hole through the floor and bolt the engine in the real estate normally occupied by the second row of seats. The setup would reduce the van’s practicality, but odds are the average minivan owner wouldn’t mind trading five screaming kids for eight screaming cylinders.
Of course, this is all hypothetical, and it goes without saying that a Hellcat-powered Pacifica is completely out of the question for obvious cost and demand reasons. That said, Renault built a hot-rodded version of the third-generation Espace people-mover in 1994, and Toyota unveiled a souped-up Sienna that’s capable of beating a Chevrolet Camaro SS around a track at last year’s SEMA show.