Dodge drops 707-hp supercharged Hellcat engine into 2015 Charger SRT

Just as they did with the Hellcat-powered Challenger, Dodge engineers modified the hood and front fascia of the Charger to provide maximum airflow for cooling and room for the engine's massive top-mounted supercharger.
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DETROIT -- Chrysler Group today unveiled its second car that will be powered by its 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat engine, a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

The four-door performance sedan will make its public debut at this weekend’s Woodward Dream Cruise near Detroit. It was shown today to journalists at Vinsetta Garage, an eatery along Woodward Avenue that is owned by KC Crain, group publisher of Crain Communications’ Automotive News Group. 

The automaker also released photos and video of the vehicle.

Chrysler refreshed the exterior and interior styling for the 2015 Charger and showed the vehicle earlier this year at the New York auto show. That updated styling holds over to the Hellcat-powered version, albeit slightly modified to accommodate the needs of the supercharged V-8.

Just as they did with the Hellcat-powered Challenger, Dodge engineers modified the hood and front fascia of the Charger to provide maximum airflow for cooling and room for the engine’s massive top-mounted supercharger.

204 mph

The Hellcat-powered Charger will reach 204 mph, 5 mph more than the Challenger version.

It also will share some of the additional high-performance features with the Challenger, including larger, more powerful brakes, wheels and tires and a second key fob that electronically limits the engine’s performance for more on-road manners.

The Hellcat-powered Charger will reach 204 mph.

It also will have special SRT performance pages, allowing drivers to keep track of their performance times, for example, on its 8.4-inch infotainment screen.

The Hellcat-powered 2015 Challenger was shown earlier this summer to rave reviews. Dealers told Automotive News that they have taken multiple deposits already for the supercharged Challenger.

During the morning program, Dodge brand head Tim Kuniskis tried to explain to journalists why Dodge would build a 707-hp four-door sedan, but most of his explanation was really trying to answer the question: Why not?

“This is a car that most brands would never bring to market. This is a car that really absolutely does not have a business case for it. This is a car that doesn’t fit in any automotive segmentation. This is a car that no customer has ever asked us to build,” Kuniskis said.

“But sometimes you need to disregard the data. Sometimes you need to stop listening to the focus groups. Sometimes you need to build a car that just defines itself. Sometimes you need to build a car that redefines the preconceived definition of practicalities, because in the most extreme way ever, it actually is,” the Dodge brand head said.

Kuniskis said there are no plans to limit production of the Hellcat. Ordering has not yet opened for the Hellcat-powered Challengers, dealers said.

Pricing for the Hellcat-powered Charger, which is expected in dealerships in the first quarter of 2015, was not announced.


You can reach Larry P. Vellequette at lvellequette@crain.com.


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