Glenn Paulina caught an unmistakeable view of the Dodge Challenger with its Hellcat supercharged Hemi V8 engine. The 2015 prototype’s raised hood revealed the supercharger sitting high in the engine bay.
Allpar was, if not the first to report the existence of the Hellcat supercharged 6.2 Hemi, one of the very first.
Challengers wearing front fascia camouflage have been photographed for a year now, with an enormous test group running through Death Valley this summer.
Due in 2014 as a 2015 model, the Hellcat-powered Challenger is Ralph Gilles’ answer to the Camaro ZL1, Camaro Z/28, and Mustang GT500; buyers can expect to pay a hefty premium for the more powerful package, as they do at GM and Ford.
The covers hides what appears to be a new lower air intake for deeper engine breathing; the exhaust looks different, and may require a new rear bumper design.
Allpar’s sources have said that the car will use the ZF HP90 automatic transmission, an eight-speed capable of around 650 lb-ft of torque. That sets an upper limit on the 6.2’s power output; horsepower is undetermined, with our sources still saying that Chrysler is shooting for 700, and our conservative, jaundiced view suggesting it will most likely be in the 600-650 hp range.
The V10 Viper has 640 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque, but weighs around 600-800 pounds less, and torque “under the curve” is likely higher in the Viper.
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 [...]
Dodge has released pricing for the full Charger lineup, starting with the V6/eight-speed Dodge Charger SE at $28,990 (all prices include $995 destination for the “49 states”). Charger was thoroughly renovated for the 2015 model year, with a new look, suspension and electronics revisions, a standard eight-speed automatic for ever engine, and other upgrades. The top Charger, the SRT Hellcat, has [...]
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 [...]
Allpar’s informal sources have agreed that there are plans for a new Dodge Viper ACR, debuting for the 2016 model year, possibly replacing the current TA (Time Attack) model. Artist suzq044 provided the following rendering, which uses SRT’s trademark black wheels and a Dodge concept-car semi-rendering. The Viper ACR may have a mild power boost, but will be mainly a suspension and/or airflow upgrade, to increase track [...]