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Handling Hellcat power

hellcatThe supercharged 6.2 Hemi has been rumored for some time now, and though its debut car has changed, the power of the engine reportedly has not. Estimates of 700 horsepower have been floating around, but we believe, in the end, it will be tagged with a still-formidable rating of 550 to 580 horsepower, and around 550 pound-feet of torque.

A new source wrote that the “Hellcat” engine (the internal code is unlikely to be used in marketing material) will be all-aluminum (possibly with steel cylinder liners). At its debut, we’ve been told that all Hellcat-equipped Dodge Challengers will be black, with silver stripes and extra-wide chromed wheels in back; an eight-speed ZF automatic will be standard.

Since the current 845RE can’t handle that much power (it’s rated for 331 lb-ft), the company will either use the rumored 890RE or the ZF 8HP90 transmission, both of which are theoretically good for just over 660 lb-ft (900 Nm). If the power output is restricted or torque-managed, Chrysler could use the current 8HP70 transmission, good for around 515 lb-ft of torque, but it seems more likely they would use the heavier-duty automatic. In the quantities needed, perhaps a few thousand per year, purchasing from ZF would likely be easier than building it in-house.

Fiat 500L recall

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Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada. Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....

2015 300 spotted

Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.” Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....

Hellcat ring-tones

If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone. The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from  www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone. Deeper looks: 2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...

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