Two days ago Chrysler officially confirmed that the all-new 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 engine that powers the 2015 Dodge Challenger was rated at 707 hp and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. Today, we found out that Dodge will use the new V8 hellcat engine also on the Charger.
The Hellcat-powered Charger will arrive later this year and will be offered with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. This means that the Challenger SRT Hellcat will be more powerful than the current Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, which uses a 5.5-liter V8 that develops 585 hp and 663 lb-ft (900 Nm) of torque.
Still, the vehicle is even more powerful than the Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, that uses a 6.0-liter V12 biturbo engine that generates 630 hp and 737 lb-ft (1000 Nm) of torque.
The Charger SRT Hellcat promises to challenge Chrysler’s halo car, the Dodge Viper that uses an 8.4-liter all-aluminum V10 engine producing 640 hp and 600 lb-ft (813 Nm) of torque.