Absolute power corrupts absolutely. If you need proof, look no further than the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT undergoing testing in the desert with a new 600-plus horsepower supercharged V-8 dubbed “Hellcat”. The Hellcat is Chrysler’s answer to the 662-horsepower Ford Mustang GT500 and 580-horsepower Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
The car will receive power from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that should make it competitive with the aforementioned cars; the current Challenger SRT 392 has a 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter engine. It’s unclear whether both engines will be sold alongside one another.
Moving in a cadre of SRT vehicles, the Hellcat-equipped Dodge Challengers look to have revised noses with new, deeper air intakes to feed their vastly more powerful engines. The protruding exhaust setup around back looks temporary to make sure the engine flows properly. Look for the pipes and rear bumper to be revised for the production version.
Speaking of production, expect the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine to go on sale in 2014 as a 2015 model, with the car possibly making its debut at January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Rumors persist that a smaller SRT Barracuda is on its way to replace the large and in charge Challenger, if not complement it as a one-two punch that no automaker has really offered in the muscle car segment since the 1970s. Either way, the Challenger is living on for a few more years after having gone on sale in 2008. Not like we’re complaining. We love the Challenger to the point that we roadtripped in one on the entire length of Interstate 5 from Mexico to Canada.
This Hellcat V-8-equipped 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT will likely be on the more luxurious side like the current Dodge Challenger SRT and the muscled-up Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. But if Chrysler wants to give us a stripped-out club racer to compete against the upcoming 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, too, we wouldn’t mind. Not at all.