by David Zatz • Posted on August 5th, 2013
Yesterday, Glenn Paulina caught the SRT team in mule cars, testing the new supercharged 6.2-liter “Hellcat” V8. At least one Dodge Charger was present, testing the 6.2 V8 engine, which due for a calendar-year 2014 launch in the 2015 Challenger, Charger, and possibly 300C.
Allpar’s Danno wrote that, along with the high-powered engine, the next-generation Challenger will have a special lightweight hood, cutting weight a bit; there may be other weight-saving adjustments as well. This car will have a hefty price tag, but should still check in below equivalent Ford and Chevy cars, boasting similar or better performance with a much more livable cabin.
According to Danno, the Challenger’s lower front bumper has no less than three air intakes; on the outer edges, where the fog lights were, are intakes for the supercharger coolers. The supercharged Hemi makes a huge amount of noise, and as one would expect, gulps in a large amount of air; twin charge air coolers are set up to reduce the temperature of the incoming air. Charger’s larger grille seems more amenable to the setup than Challenger’s, allowing Charger to keep its fog lights.
There is still development and durability work to do on the supercharged engine, but it appears that it’s proceeding well so far.
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....
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....
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.
2015 Challenger SRT: Hellcat and 392
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat at the track
HellCat: supercharged Hemi engines...