Can we can a next-gen model already?

We’re not sure if there are going to be any other significant updates to the Challenger Hellcat for 2019, but Dodge has found it fitting to tease a new hood scoop for 2019 models. There’s no other news to report, but Dodge does say that the scoop is fully functional and claims that it harkens back to the muscle car days of the ‘60s and ‘70s. It should provide more air flow to the engine, however, so we might be lucky enough to see a bump in power for 2019 but it’s probably best not to hold your breath for the time being.

With that in mind, let us just point out that Dodge is quite literally polishing a turd at this point. Not that the Challenger Hellcat isn’t awesome, because it is, but the Challenger itself has soldiered on since 2008 and by the time the 2019 model year rolls around, it will be 11 years old. That makes the Challenger – Hellcat or not – a senior citizen that’s just begging to for life to come to an end. How’s life going for the Challenger? It’s taking forever. Let’s just hope that Dodge will finally introduce a next-gen model by the turn of the decade. Imagine how great the Hellcat can be on a new platform with all of the latest technology inside and under the metal.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Specifications

Type and Description Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V-8, 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement 370 cu. in. (6,166 cu.cm)
Bore x Stroke 4.09 x 3.58 (103.9 x 90.9)
Valve System Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves with hollow-stem, sodiumfilled exhaust valves, 16 conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller tips
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless
Construction Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, unique aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Power 707 HP
Torque 650 LB-FT
Max. Engine Speed TBD
Fuel Requirement Premium 91 octane (R+M)/2 — recommended
Oil Capacity 7.5 qu. (7.1-liters)
Factory Oil Fill 0W-40 Pennzoil Ultra™ synthetic
Coolant Capacity 14 qt. (13.25 liter)
Intercooler System Separate low-temp cooling system with dual water-to-air intercoolers and a high-flow variable-speed electric water pump
Exhaust Type Dual 2.75-in straight-though exhaust system with twin Electronic Exhaust Valves (EEV) with rectangular Black Vapor-chromed tips
Transmission Six-speed manual Tremec TR-6060 with ZF-SACHS 258 MM Twin-disc Clutch or TorqueFlight Eight-speed auto

References

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

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Press release

Dodge is again reaching back to its 100-plus-year history as it evolves the Challenger lineup for 2019, introducing a new dual-snorkel hood on Hellcat models that pays homage to the distinctive Mopar design themes from some of its most famous muscle cars. This new fully functional hood harkens back to the mid-60s and early-70s, but with a modern interpretation that looks even more sinister and provides maximum air intake to the supercharged powerplant. More information to come this summer …

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