SRT CEO Ralph Gilles has hinted the upcoming 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat could pack more power than the Viper, the company’s halo model.
“We have a situation where, you know — we may have a situation — where the flagship car is not the most powerful car in our arsenal … how do we explain that to ourselves? So we have an internal horsepower race as well as an external one,” revealed Gilles in an interview published in the April issue of Hot Rod Magazine.
Taken at face value, Gilles’ statement means the Challenger Hellcat will pack over 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet. of torque. These figures would make the coupe considerably more powerful than the Ford Shelby GT500and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, its main rivals.
Although precise technical details are being kept under wraps until the Hellcat’s debut, power is expected to come from a 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine fed by a large supercharger. The Challenger will boast a modified front end with larger air intakes in order to feed the required amount of air to the supercharger, and it looks like the rear end could get a few tweaks as well.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will be revealed later this year and go on sale shortly after as a 2015 model. It remains unclear at this point if the Hellcat will replace the SRT8 within the Challenger lineup or stand as a new flagship model.