By William Maley
Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
May 20, 2013
Chrysler is reportedly developing a new supercharged HEMI V8 to compete with high-performance vehicles such as the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Ford Mustang GT500.
This new engine, code-named Hellcat, is believed to be a 6.2L HEMI V8 equipped with a supercharger. The engine is capable of producing power close to the 640 horsepower found in the SRT Viper's 8.4L V10. This engine first came to light back in January by Allpar and was recently confirmed by unnamed sources to Automotive News.
The new supercharged 6.2L V8 is expected to debut on the next-generation Dodge Challenger, which is expected to go into production sometime next year. The V8 will be available with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Sources say the 6.2L could also appear in other Chrysler models as well.
This supercharged V8 appears to be a one and done deal. An engineer described the Hellcat as a "last hurrah" before more stringent CAFE regulations come into play.