The 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.
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Rumors have been floating around for years about a potential supercharged Viper. It appears that it is finally happening, but it is not a factory built package. Instead, it was developed by Arrow Racing, which has Chrysler’s permission to modify the computer programming. It will be sold at the largest Viper dealer in the country, The Viper Exchange a/k/a Tomball Dodge. There are [...]
Hellcat Grand Cherokee. The term sends shivers of revulsion or anticipation down people’s spines. Revulsion if you are a hardcore Jeep offroad type or any executive at AMG, BMW’s M, or Porsche’s SUV division. Anticipation if you are anyone else with a pulse. Nothing official has been said about a Grand Cherokee coming with the already legendary Hellcat installed, and there is not likely [...]
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Recently, Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette reported that Chrysler planned to boost the price their least expensive minivan to around $26,000. This resulted in an extensive discussion on Allpar’s forums, with some outrage over the high entry price. Going back to 2000, when minivan sales were still thriving and Chrysler was the undisputed king of the North American mini-market, we see the [...]