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.