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oh2o agrees: supercharged Hemi coming

by David Zatz on

Long-time reliable source oh2o has supported the recent rumor that a supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi is being developed, and will likely appear in two cars on the large rear-drive platform (Lx). While he had no comments regarding the rumored SRT Barracuda, his confirmation of the new supercharged Hemi lends major support to the rumor. The reason for the reduced size is unknown, but it is not unheard of for engines with forced induction to have smaller strokes. The hottest turbocharged Chrysler four-cylinder engines in the 1980s were based on the 2.2 rather than the long-stroke 2.5.

The supercharger would likely boost horsepower to the 490-540 hp range. The 2012 Camaro ZL1 and Mustang GT500 are both supercharged.

Superchargers have long been favored by engineers with Chrysler, though the company has, to date, only produced turbocharged engines. The late Charles “Pete” Hagenbuch argued unsuccessfully for a supercharged 2.2, rather than the turbocharged version that was actually produced. In 1994, when the Neon was the hottest small car in America, with waiting lists at many dealerships, rumors of a supercharged version swirled around the Internet.

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