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"Hellcat" 600-Plus hp Supercharged Hemi In the Works

Engine Billed as "Last Hurrah" Before Strict CAFE Standards Kick In

May 20, 2013
Chrysler is reportedly working on an ultra-high-performance supercharged variant of the Hemi V-8, dubbed the Hellcat by insiders. The 6.2-liter supercharged engine will reportedly be used in the next-generation Dodge Challenger and could go into other vehicles that currently use the 6.4-liter naturally aspirated Hemi engine. It's unknown whether this engine will be sold in addition to, or replace the 6.4 Hemi.
The engine will finally give Chrysler a legitimate powertrain rival to the Camaro ZL1's 580-hp LSA supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, and Ford's massively powerful 662-hp, 5.8-liter DOHC V-8 in the Shelby GT 500. A Chrysler engineer described the engine as a "last hurrah" to Automotive News before the next step of Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards kick in.
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The Hellcat could potentially find its way under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, the Chrysler 300 SRT, and the Dodge Charger SRT sedan. A revival of the Barracuda musclecar from the 1960s and '70s has been rumored for several years, and such an aggressive, high-performance powerplant seems like a natural fit. The engine could also be utilized in a high-performance variant of the Ram pickup, similar to the Ram SRT-10 model built from 2004-2006, powered by the Viper's 8.3-liter V-10 engine.
The engine is expected to go into production some time in 2014, for use in 2015 model-year vehicles.
Source: Automotive News (subscription required)

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