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 [...]
Long before the Challenger Hellcat was officially launched, Allpar noted that the engine — which we estimated at “620-680 horsepower” (depending on when the stories were written) — was being tested in the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Then we wrote that it had probably been ruled out, for various reasons. Today, one source wrote that the trademarked Trackhawk name, which we had thought [...]
Dodge is showing four concept cars at SEMA: a Dart, Charger, Challenger, and Viper ACR. You can now see them all at Allpar, courtesy of Patrick Rall — now with the story behind them. Coming soon: Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, and Fiat concepts. See all the Dodge concepts