Chrysler Group may develop a more powerful V-8 engine to take on the likes of the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Automotive News reports that the company's SRT brand may launch a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, with output stretching as high as 640 hp.
The new engine would be nicknamed "Hellcat" and would reportedly be added as an option for the SRT version of the next-generation Dodge Challenger. It would be backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. Currently, the most powerful engine in the current Challenger (pictured) is the 470-hp, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 -- an engine shared with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger, and Chrysler 300 SRT8 models. But the Camaro ZL1 extracts 580 hp from its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, and the Shelby GT500 has a supercharged 5.8-liter V-8 good for 662 hp, so the Dodge Challenger is at a serious horsepower disadvantage.
AN reports that the new V-8 would be lighter and more compact than SRT's other powerful engine, the 640-hp, 8.4-liter V-10 in the new SRT Viper. It would be built in tandem with the existing 5.7- and 6.4-liter V-8s, and could make close to 640 hp itself.
We already know that Chrysler's LX/LY-platform cars -- the Charger, 300, and Challenger -- will be refreshed next year, with an all-new version of the Dodge Challenger due for 2015. The big engine could be headlining change for the big muscle car; reports suggest the 2015 Dodge Challenger starting production in summer 2014. Alternatively, the engine may not be destined for the Challenger at all, as some reports suggest the forthcoming 2016 SRT Barracuda will debut with a 6.2-liter supercharged powerplant.
Chrysler representatives were unable to comment on the existence of the "Hellcat" V-8 before publication.
Source: Automotive News