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.
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 [...]