The race to claim the highest horsepower rating has been alive and well in the world of muscle cars since the beginning, but it looks like Chrysler is facing an internal horsepower race.
A new 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 known as the Hellcat is being put together for the next-generation SRT-tuned Dodge Challenger, and it is creating debate within Chrysler because its horsepower rating may eclipse the 640 hp found in the flagship Viper’s naturally aspirated V10.
“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,” Ralph Gilles, CEO of SRT told Hot Rod.
If the Hellcat wants to do battle with the Ford Mustang GT500′s 662 hp and the Chevy Camaro ZL1′s 580 hp, it will have to be very close to the stepping on the Viper’s toes.
[Source: Automotive News]
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