In early 2013, rumors began swirling that Chrysler was working on a “Hellcat” 6.2-liter engine that pumped out more than 600 horsepower. The rumors suggested that this engine would find its way under the hood of the Challenger SRT , giving Dodge a model that can compete with models like Camaro Z/28 and Shelby Mustang GT500.
By the looks of things, Dodge will unveil this high-performance Challenger next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show . In fact, it appears that the strange-looking Challenger prototype that several spy shooters caught testing recently was the Hellcat version that we’ll see next week.
Rumors suggest that this 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine will deliver 640 to 680 horsepower and mate either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Along with this potent V-8, the Hellcat Challenger will also feature a more aggressive body kit that includes a new front bumper, flared fender arches and a new hood.
The bad news is that this new model could be price somewhere in the $70k to $80k area, just like the Camaro Z/28.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
The Camaro Z/28 is the most impressive muscle car car in the market right now, but it is also very expensive. The Z/28 is powered by a 7.0-liter, LS7 V-8 engine that delivers a total of 505 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque.
The Camaro Z/28 is priced from $75,000.
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The GT500 is the most powerful and the fastest Mustang ever built. It is powered by a 5.8-liter, V-8 engine that delivers a total of 662 horsepower. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and sprints the car up to a top speed of 190 mph.
The GT500 is priced from $54,200 — a relative bargain next to the Z/28.