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Report: Chrysler Confirms a 600-Plus-Horsepower 6.2-Liter "Hellcat" Engine


05/21/2013

Several years ago, rumors were circulating that Chrysler was considering building a super-high-output supercharged V-8 engine to help the company hang with the likes of the 2013 Camaro ZL1 and 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500. With these two models pumping out 580 horsepower and 662 horsepower, respectively, the 470-horsepower 2013 Challenger SRT8 just doesn’t cut it.

Well, now this rumor is reportedly confirmed, per Automotive News, by an unnamed source within Chrysler. The report claims that this 6.2-liter supercharged engine is set to produce up to 640 horsepower, which will put is about on par with the SRT Viper’s 8.4-liter.


Supposedly, this engine will find its way into the next-generation Challenger, which is slated to arrive in the 2015 model year. So, why is Chrysler just now working on this engine? Well, the report claims that the unnamed leaker said this is Chrysler’s “last hurrah” in the muscle car realm before the stricter CAFÉ standards take hold.

Stay tuned for more updates on the “Hellcat” 6.2-liter engine. We certainly can’t wait to see Chrysler finally compete with the top-performing muscle cars on the market again.


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Chrysler's hot Hellcat puts pressure on the Viper


03/24/2014

It's been an open secret for nearly a year that Chrysler has been tinkering with a supercharged V-8 code-named Hellcat.

Automotive News reported the 6.2-liter Hellcat's existence in May 2013, when we said that it would rival the power of the larger V-10 in the SRT Viper and would debut in the next-generation Dodge Challenger. But in the April issue of Hot Rod magazine, SRT brand boss Ralph Gilles described a debate raging inside Chrysler.

Said Gilles: "We have a situation where, you know -- we may have a situation -- where the flagship car is not the most powerful car in our arsenal ... how do we explain that to ourselves? So we have an internal horsepower race as well as an external one."

That flagship car, the Viper, has a naturally aspirated engine with a 660-hp rating.

So how powerful might the Hellcat be?

If the SRT Challenger is to climb back into a horsepower fight with the lighter Ford Mustang GT500 and the 580-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1, it's reasonable to assume it would need a much more powerful V-8 -- perhaps one with a three-digit horsepower rating that starts with a 7.

For perspective, in terms of power, that's V-12 Lamborghini Aventador territory.
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