There is no denying the pony car wars are raging hotter than ever. With the Chevy Camaro boasting the ZL1 and new Z/28 , the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang coming to market soon, and Dodge presumably working on an outrageous halo engine for the Challenger, the segment is on fire. Well, things are getting a little less “presumable” for Dodge these days.
According to Allpar, one of their contributors shot a photo of a T-shirt worn by SRT staff members while at SRT’s annual Spring Festival of LXs. That shirt sported the menacing image you see above – and what is likely the logo for the new 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI engine.
Rumors suggest the Hellcat HEMI will crank out some 650 horsepower and 640 pound-feet of torque, besting even the mighty SRT Viper’s 640 horses and 600 pound-feet. The Hellcat’s numbers make sense, considering the standard output of the current, naturally aspirated, 6.4-liter HEMI in the Challenger and both the TorqueFlite and Tremec six-speed manual transmissions are capable of handling even more power.
Though Allpar says SRT’s CEO Ralph Gilles told their contributor the Challenger would debut in just under three months, most suspect the new Hellcat-powered Challenger will appear at the New York Auto Show happening April 16th and 17th. It’s appearance will also likely usher in the next generation of Challenger, as we’ve caught them testing around the streets of Detroit.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Sometimes thought of as the third mutt in a two-dog fight, the Challenger still valiantly holds up the rear in the triple pony car challenge. Though the Camaro and 2015 Mustang are newer, the Challenger somehow embodies that 1960s muscle car persona better than its two rivals. With an optional 6.4-liter, HEMI V-8 cranking out 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque while nailing the mean retro look.
Of course, the Challenger has other engine options, like the still-powerful 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 and the stout-but-not-muscle-car-stout 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6. To each his own and let every man pick his poison.
Pricing for the Challenger starts at $26,295 and ranges up to $39,995 for the full-bore Challenger SRT8 392 with the 6.4-liter.