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Chrysler Facing 2015 Challenger - Viper Power Race

Chrysler's brand new Hellcat engine, a supercharged V8 powerplant that will be fitted in the next Dodge Challenger SRT, is rumored to churn about 640 horsepower.
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That's awesome news if you ask us, but, apparently, the folks over at Chrysler aren't too happy about a Challenger with that kind of output. According to SRT brand chief Ralph Gilles, the fact that the musclecar could have more power that the V10-powered Viper has sparked an internal debate.

"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," Gilles told Hot Rod Magazine.

Chrysler has yet to reveal any actual details on the new Hellcat engine, but word has it the mill could develop around 640 hp. On the other hand, SRT might be looking to outgun both the Camaro ZL1 and the Shelby GT500, which means that the new Challenger needs more than 662 horses.

That's more than the 640 hp generated by the 8.4-liter V10 engine fitted in the 2014 SRT Viper.

The facelifted version of the current Dodge Challenger is expected to be unveiled by the end of the year, while a redesigned next-generation musclecar is scheduled to arrive sometime in 2017.

Story via AutoNews


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