by David Zatz • Posted on October 23rd, 2013
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.
Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday.
Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion
NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%....
According to a report in Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the government is considering offering tax incentives to boost car sales in the country.
“We are thinking of using fiscal levers to encourage a renewal of our car stocks,” Transport Minister Mauritzio Lupi said today. “We are evaluating this project because that is what it means to have an industrial policy for this country.”
“We have the oldest fleet in Europe,” Lupi went on to say....
Allpar’s sources tell us that, despite the clear acceleration and fuel-economy benefits of the eight-speed automatic, the police are demanding that Dodge stick with the old Mercedes five-speed on Charger squad cars.
In 2014, both police and civilian Chargers had the five-speed, though civilians got the eight-speed with the V6 — and in 2015, the eight-speed will be the only transmission in any civilian Dodge Charger, including the SRT....
In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers.
This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....