2015 Challenger Hellcat photos (updated)

Dodge Challenger Hellcat (6.2 SC)

Glenn Paulina caught a huge SRT development team in a number of prototypes for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT8, testing the new supercharged 6.2-liter “Hellcat” V8.  It’s the biggest assembly of the supercharged Challengers we’ve ever seen, suggesting that development is now well along for new Hellcats.

6.2 supercharged Hellcat Hemis

Due in 2014 as a 2015 model, the Hellcat-powered Challenger is likely what SRT boss Ralph Gilles promised when he said that SRT “will soon have an answer” for the Camaro Z/28 and Mustang GT500.

desert testing

The front-end bra hides what appears to be a new lower air-intake resulting in a deeper-breathing front fascia.  The exhaust set-up looks different with the new engine mods, and looks like it will also require a new rear bumper design, as well.  Glenn Paulina said he was hearing power estimates of “something close to 600 horsepower.”

Danno clarified: “Hellcat is planned to have much wider rears. From what I have been told, all of the Hellcat Challengers have different Volante wheels. You can see the Volant wheels (barely) in the top 3 pictures. You can also see the difference in the rear tire width in the top shot. Those arent 255s in that picture.”

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