An Allpar reader caught this Dodge Challenger, fully instrumented and “sounding like a vacuum cleaner,” running along Michigan roads. It appears as though it might be a testbed for the upcoming 6.2 liter supercharged “HellCat” Hemi, which various sources are claiming to be powered at anywhere from 550 hp to 700 hp. Since the ZF eight-speed automatic to be used with the engine is good for just 660 lb-ft, that will probably be the limit for torque, unless, like the current 392 Hemi Challenger SRT8, the car also has an optional six-speed manual transmission. In that case, Chrysler could conceivably go beyond the automatic’s torque limit to provide an extra incentive to “go manual.”
At this point, Allpar believes that the engine will end up rated around 580-600 horsepower, given the need for a 200,000 mile design life, durability and reliability concerns throughout the powertrain and chassis, the ability to control the power (especially since tire width will likely be limited by the wheel openings), and the power of the existing 6.4 liter Hemi engine (470 hp, 470 lb-ft of torque).
The next generation Dodge Challenger is set to debut next year on the new LA body; it will be the second major upgrade for the new Challenger, and is believed to be bringing eight-speed automatics for all engines, all the current electronics for UConnect and related systems, the customizable gauge cluster, and the usual seat-and-body-panel upgrades. 300/300C and Charger are set to be upgraded at other points in 2014; the new cars are all to be 2015 models. Rumor still has the HellCat 6.2 going into both Charger and Challenger; it could potentially be added to other cars, but given the limited production of the engine, that is likely an “if we need to” project.
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 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]