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.
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.
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.”
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
The Challenger Hellcat is a hot image car for Dodge, and the brand’s leader has already said he wants to get as many out to the public as possible, suggesting to dealers that they not tack on $10,000 (or higher) surcharges as they did to hot cars in the past — from Vipers to PT Cruisers. While his calls may [...]
The planned Dodge Dart SRT will be enabled by a brand new series of four-cylinder engines, which some insiders say are a joint effort of Chrysler and Fiat, merging aspects of existing designs from both companies. Originally, the engines, dubbed “Hurricane” after military aircraft (and likely referencing vintage Jeep engines as well), were thought to be merely turbocharged versions of the existing 2.0 or [...]
Dodge’s use of Cummins diesels back in 1989 succeeded beyond expectations, reviving a nearly dead truck line. When the company added a VM diesel to the Ram 1500, sales were, again, much better than expected. Chrysler had predicted a 10% take rate, perhaps up to 15%; but Allpar reported in August that the line was running up to 25% diesels when the engines were [...]