Dodge shocked the world earlier this week when it revealed that the Hellcat V8 makes 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque that are slated to appear later this year in a Challenger near you.
Mated to either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic, the beastly creation even tops some of the world’s most expensive supercars in power. But while the world was busy this week picking their jaws up at the thought of a Challenger that might actually be capable of challenging other American pony cars in something other than nostalgic appeal, something was forgotten. There’s at least one more car that Chrysler plans to amp up using its hot-rod Hellcat engine: the Charger.
The company hasn’t made any announcements about when the Hellcat Charger will arrive, but earlier this year during its massive investor conference where it announced its next five years of product plans it confirmed that the Charger will be sold with its supercharged V8.
At the time, it promised the refreshed Challenger would arrive in July with no explicit admission that the Hellcat V8 would be a part of that launch. In the same presentation, Dodge promised its revised Charger would show up in October. Given the way Dodge played the Challenger and the fact that all of the necessary equipment is available, it would be nothing short of predictable to guess that a 707-hp Hellcat-powered Charger is right around the corner, albeit probably only with the eight-speed automatic rather than the six-speed manual offered with the Challenger.
What’s exciting about that is the fact that Chrysler will have a rear-wheel drive sedan that will have almost the same torque as high-brow super limos like the S63 AMG and way more horsepower. Here’s hoping Dodge has something scary to take the kids trick-or-treating in by this Halloween.
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