A couple of months ago, SRT President and CEO Ralph Gilles promised that the brand would have “an answer to the Z/28″ Camaro, and it looks like that’ll come in the form of an exciting new powerplant for the Challenger SRT8 model.
Rumor has it that Chrysler is working on a 6.2-liter, supercharged V8 engine with a power output closing in on the Viper’s 640 hp. The engine is internally codenamed “Hellcat” and is expected to debut in the next-generation Challenger which will also benefit from an eight-speed transmission.
The new supercharged V8 is expected to be an option on at least one variant of the Challenger, most likely the SRT8, which will go into production in mid-2014 as a 2015 model year. It’s clearly the powerplant that SRT and Chrysler need for their heavier Challenger to keep up with the intense competition that both Ford and Chevrolet have brought to the table in recent years.
[Source: Automotive News]
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