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.
Drawing inspiration from its roots of performance enthusiasts when the Charger first debuted over four and a half decades ago, the all-new Charger pays homage to muscle cars of the past while offering distinctively new contemporary exterior and interior features.
The design teams from Dodge and SRT built on the 2015 Charger's new contemporary four-doored fastback coupe's still iconic style of exterior by complementing it with a menacing, singular front fascia, bonnet, rear fascia, and spoiler.
The all-new exterior of the 2015 Charger finds a spiritual inventiveness from the second classic generation of Charger from the late 1960s. And in 2015, it drew specific cues from the 1969. With a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) base and proven strength, the Charger's contemporary version of old-time muscle will surely resonate with enthusiasts of today.
In the front, the Charger SRT Hellcat has a bigger, power-bulged aluminium bonnet, featuring a devoted "cold-air" intake, which is a visual style cue from the first Viper coupe from 1996, and twin air extractors that ensure efficient heat removal and lowered air turbulence in the engine area.
The newly designed front fascia and grille employ select blacked-out upper and lower surfaces to create the look of menace that surely will turn onlookers’ heads to this ultimate in performance sedans.
A combined front splitter maximises the flow of air to cooling modules without giving up on the vehicle’s balance.