Today, Dodge released power ratings for the long-awaited Hellcat V8 engine. They exceeded Allpar’s past estimates of around 650-680 hp and up to 640 lb-ft of torque, coming in at a stunning 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. Buyers of the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat can limit themselves or other drivers to “just” 500 horsepower (more than the 392’s top rating) by using the black key fob, reserving the red fob for racing or for themselves, according to Chrysler’s Russ Ruedisueli. SRT powertrain chief Chris Cowland reported that the supercharger’s design and specifications were jointly developed by Chrysler and IHI.
The Hellcat engine racks up a lot of “mosts:” most powerful Dodge V8 ever; most powerful Challenger ever; and, last but definitely not least, the most powerful factory muscle car ever.
Look for the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat it to begin arriving at Dodge dealerships sometime this quarter.
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
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 2015 Dodge Charger squad has been tested in police trim for the first time, but since it kept the five-speed automatic, it has turned in numbers similar to past years. While the eight-speed V6 Charger does 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, the five-speed was timed at 8.05 seconds by the Michigan State Police. The civilian 2015 Charger gained acceleration from the eight-speed, [...]