Chrysler, and, by extension, Dodge, SRT, and Plymouth are famous for offering ludicrous looking special editions of their cars with little or no actual performance upgrades. The Challenger Hellcat may be different though, in a conversation with Ralph Gillies, SRT’s CEO, Hot Rod Magazine is reporting that the hottest version of the Challenger may get a juiced up engine capable of quieting the 640 horses and 600 ft-lbs of torque offered in the SRT Viper.
Currently equipped with a 392 cubic inch V8, the SRT Challenger offers up 470 horsepower and 470 ft-lbs of torque. Though this version is still offered with a manual or automatic and capable of a low 4-second 0-60 trip, it will be interesting to see if SRT is able to keep the manual option open for those that want it in the boosted version. The current top speed for the car that will soon play second fiddle to the Hellcat is 182 mph and the quarter mile happens in the mid 12s with the ‘auto.
-By: Sawyer Sutton