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New Challenger shots, supercharger info

by David Zatz on

2015 Dodge Challenger

Even as “Danno” reported on the supercharger configuration of the upcoming Hellcat engine in the Dodge Challenger, Christopher Chrouch spotted what appears to be a 2015 Challenger mule being tested on the street.

The timeline is getting tight for both vehicles, with the new Challenger set for 2014 calendar-year production and supercharged Hemis being prepared as well. While relatively few of the HellCats will be made each year, due to their high price, their impact is likely to be strong, propelling SRT Dodges to magazine’s covers as they are compared with GT500 and Camaro SS. Sources are talking about horsepower figures anywhere from 660 on up, though torque on automatic-transmission cars is likely to be limited to 640. Challengers with six-speed manuals may have higher torque than their automatic-transmission brethren (Charger is expected to be automatic-only).

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Most Challenger buyers opt for the standard V8 Hemi or V6 engines, and these will be greatly improved by the presence of the eight-speed automatic as well. Until now, the eight-speed did not fit into the Challenger; the “LA” body for the 2015s is the solution for that, and should provide the biggest boost to the V6. The Dodge Charger V6 now runs 0-60 in 6.6 seconds with 31 mpg highway, in rear wheel drive form — matching in acceleration the 2006 Charger Hemi.

“Danno” wrote that fog lights on the supercharged cars will be sacrificed in favor of a “wind tunnel,” which will take incoming air past oil and coolant coolers (one on each side) and eject it through openings in the wheel-wells. Engine air will enter through the front, go into the blower, then be sent up through runners to heat exchangers, moving down into the intake ports.


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