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Chrysler Working on 6.2-liter V8 Muscle Engine

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On: Tue, May 21, 2013 at 7:33AM | By: Chris Weiss

Chrysler Working on 6.2-liter V8 Muscle Engine

Over at GM, you have the all-new 2014 Corvette, and its sure-to-follow packages like the ZR1 and Z06. Then you have the Camaro, and all its packages including the ZL1 and all-new Z28. At Chrysler, you have an all-new super muscle car in the SRT Viper, and you have SRT Viper packages like the Time Attack. But what you don't have is a Challenger package in the vein of the ZL1 (or Ford Mustang Shelby GT500). Yet. According to several reports, Chrysler is working to fill that void with an all-new 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that will debut on the next-generation Challenger.

The engine is codenamed the Hellcat, and Chrysler representatives confirmed its development to Auto News but refused to delve into any details. The engine is being prepared for the next-generation Challenger, which is expected to debut for the 2015 model year.

While the current Challenger is plenty capable of competing with lower-tier Ford Mustang and Chevy Camaro packages, Chrysler simply doesn't have an answer for the intense two-way rivalry that's spawned the 662-hp Mustang Shelby GT500 and 580-hp Camaro ZL1. The Challenger SRT8's 470-hp 6.4-liter HEMI V8 option gives Chrysler a competitor to Ford and Chevy's second-to-top muscle cars—the 420-hp Mustang GT and the upcoming 500-hp Camaro Z/28, but there's nothing above it until you get to the Viper.

It's not clear how much power the Hellcat will bring to the competition, but if Chrysler wants to play in the ZL1/Shelby GT500 race, as Auto News suggests it does, it'll have to be around or above 600-hp. Media speculation puts it as high as 640 hp. According to Auto News' report, the V8 engine will be supercharged and offered on a Challenger model with Chrysler's eight-speed transmission. That model will presumably be the SRT8.

On the downside for fans of muscle cars and brute power, the new 6.2-liter power plant will mark a turning point for Chrysler, after which the company expects to promote smaller, less potent engines in order to keep up with increasing fuel economy standards.



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