Competing with Ford's Mustang since 2005 has not been easy for Chevy or Camaro, especially with the Shelby GT500's introduction in 2007. The Dodge Challenger is one of the most iconic muscle cars that resembles the classic Challengers, but due to their weight, they Mustang and Camaro can move much quicker. I'm hoping with the redesign that they are able to reduce the weight of the Challenger while still keep it's classic-retro Challenger look with the supercharger upgrade.
2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Caught With Its Supercharger Showing
We've covered the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat before, but first, a quick recap for those of you who can't be bothered to click that link. The Challenger is Dodge's answer to the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro: a musclecar that offers up power and performance in a retro-styled package that appeals to just about anybody with a pulse. The most powerful Challenger currently available is the Dodge Challenger SRT 392, with a 470 horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine. We are fans, to say the least, especially when it's paired with the excellent six-speed manual transmission. You'd think that much horsepower would be enough, but with a Camaro ZL1 and Mustang GT500 prowling the streets, each with at least a 100 horsepower advantage, the big Dodge is starting to look a little pokey. That's where the Hellcat comes in. Rumors have swirled that Dodge was planning on adding more power, and spy shots of camouflaged Challengers with rumbly-sounding engines have been making the rounds. Now, we have visual proof of Dodge's plans: Slap a supercharger on that bad boy's V-8 and call it a day. This view of the Challenger Hellcat with its hood popped open is the first we've seen of the upgraded engine. With the supercharger, the V-8's power output should rocket to a solid 640 hp, according to rumors. That handily out-powers the Camaro ZL1's 580 horsepower and is within shouting distance of the Mutang GT500's 662 horses. What we don't know is if the Hellcat will be an additional model in the lineup above the current SRT or if it will supplant the SRT 392 in the whole Challenger family. It could go either way. The current Challenger has been around since the 2008 model year, which would make the Hellcat's underpinnings six years old when it debuts. A new Challenger is under development now, and the Hellcat could be a swan song for the current model. We'll know soon enough. Rumor has it the Hellcat will debut soon, possibly at the Detroit auto show in January.
We caught a convoy of 2015 Porsche Macans testing in Los Angeles ahead of next month's L.A. debut.