Is the Hellcat V-8 About to Sink Its Teeth into the Dodge Charger?

We’ve barely managed to settle our racing hearts after experiencing the menacing 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and now there’s a chance the same unholy powertrain will bless the next Dodge Charger. If this actually happens, it would firmly stake Dodge's claim to the horsepower wars.

The evidence giving us pause is an SAE J1349 engine certification filing for the Hellcat’s supercharged, 707-hp, 6.4-liter V-8. The J1349 filing is the proper channel for OEMs to get engines SAE certified, and the test is conducted by a third party to ensure impartiality. Listed on the filing (which you can inspect yourself by clicking here) lists the “6.2L SC SRT” engine for both the 2015 Dodge Challenger and 2015 Dodge Charger.

A Dodge spokesperson wouldn’t comment on whether there’s a Charger Hellcat hiding in the tall grass for the 2015 model year, but the Dodge Charger and the Challenger do ride on related platforms. Still not convinced? That’s fine, but have a look at a slide from Dodge’s five-year plan (below). On the right side, in red, the Charger SRT does indeed appear to be getting the same rear-wheel-drive, supercharged V-8 setup as is listed for the Challenger. We take that as confirmation there's a Hellcat sedan coming soon.

A 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat would be a truly unique vehicle in the marketplace, and more important it would further Dodge’s recent announcement that it would transition into a performance-focused brand. If it matched the Challenger's 707-hp rating, the Charger Hellcat would significantly outpace similar performance sedans like the BMW M5 and Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG.

Currently the Dodge Charger with the most ponies is the Charger SRT8, which is equipped with Dodge’s 470-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. The 2015 Dodge Charger has been refreshed with smoothed-out styling, but a 707-hp Charger Hellcat would be anything but smoothed-out. Let’s just hope there aren’t any police departments that decide to trade their Charger Pursuit for something a little more sinister.

Michael Anderson
I just cant stand that front end, I hate it so friggin much.
NE Guy
Oh hell yea!
Scott Stone
Yes please!!
Simon Ang
Jose Simo
A 700 horsepower Dodge'd be perfect for the mom that's always running late to school and soccer practice. Other than that, I think, it'd be a waste of time and money. Maybe that sort of engine would be better designed for a new Viper! (Isn't that a better idea?)
Mashrur Ahmed Taif
Its Not a Charger its the brand new HELLCAT DART....
Brian Baker
Mike Klein
Brian Baker
Kevin Krause
Maëlan Pedrosa
Jim Bur
Would be my next DD if they do it!
Jason Peck
4 door race car with 700hp? No Challengers there apart from a Panamera Turbo S at 220k and an Audi S6 at 90k. Although, both of the cars do gave awd. Rwd overpowered car = accident waiting to happen.
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Alex Pancamo
Yeah, Dodge needs to work on their design skills before dumping an amazing engine into THAT.
Zane Cramer
Yes in the Durango would be awesome
Sylvain Raymond
Mattso Samsonite
Honestly, the existing/previous gen Charger looks better. The Neon/Dart styling kills the mojo. Challenger only IMHO.
Joseph Smith
Where have I seen a big gaping grill and led running lamps....hmmm
Craig Stishenko
Yes! Cassie Choboter you're getting a dodge.
Douglas Watson
Interesting to see how long a Torque flight will stand up. If I remember right they quit making the tough 707's!
Danny Baker
Bring back the 69 Charger Styling
Mstr Wzzrd
I hope so.
John Vitellaro
It's going happen as an auto only. Irrelevant whether anyone one wants it. It's going to happen. This was news back in March. Stupid post.
Arie Sheila Gank Padank join us
Yahya M Hussain
they'll make it
Brodie Mower
That's the new look of the Charger.
Chris Prather
Put it in the jeep
Brodie Mower
Stupid fast?
Ahmad Zamzam
Yahya M Hussain wat do u think will happen?
Mark Wentlandt
Does it come in something other than Dodge?
Mohamad Aftabi
no sir
John C. Rock
Not really.
Creig Moser
Sounds good but whats up with that VW Jetta looking nose on a Charger??
Stan Smith
sounds like a 5000 pound vehicle
Steve Peterson
Chris Anderson
Ken Nelson
Zach Nelson
Leonardo Valladares
Yeah in a charger yup but that frontend is ugly
Wade McGaghey
No thanks
Jose Juan Morales
No. I'll take a ST focus tho
Ricky Smith
Put the Hellcat engine in the Dart!
Jorge Flores
Alex Estrada,Mario Calvillo,
David Clark
I would like to see a 707 HP V8 anything!!! Minivan, SUV, hatchback...
Darryl Polzot
WHY? just stupid
Adam Jenks
Jason Brabant
Ricky Smith
Does the designer by chance own a Pug? If so, I wonder where he got his inspiration from?
Alsson Mata
I'm not so sure about the looks on the front :(
Ricky Smith
No. I want to see a new front end.
Mauricio Gomez
Chrysler mmmm no thanks
Youssef Zizzi
Aymane Zahri haaa
Big-Rig Stig
Oh yes please. Make it the new "police package" so I can buy one for 5grand in a few years. :)

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