By Patrick Rall
We have talked about the rumored 6.2L supercharged Hellcat Hemi here on DodgeForum over the past few months but some new information has hit the web detailing what we can expect when this monster motor hits the streets.
According to Allpar, when the Hellcat Hemi debuts in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT, these 600+ horsepower muscle cars will all be painted black with silver stripes. Helping to make the most of all of that power will be a set of extra wide, chrome clad rear wheels wrapped in high performance rubber and if history has taught us anything is it that these first Hellcat-powered Mopar muscle cars will be available in limited numbers with both interior and exterior badging that will help these models to stand out from other next generation Challengers that derive their power from the smaller engines.
The one piece of bad news surrounding the arrival of the 600+ horsepower Hellcat Hemi in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT is that it will likely be backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission built by ZF… not a proper manual transmission.
Dodge upset a great many fans and prospective buyers when they introduced the first modern Dodge Challenger SRT8 without a manual transmission option back in 2008 and I would be pretty shocked to see them make the same mistake with the next generation Challenger SRT. Of course, there is the problem that a great many people looking to buy 600 horsepower cars may not be able to drive a manual transmission so the automatic gearbox doesn’t alienate any possible buyers while the modern 8-speed automatic transmission technology should help make this 600 horsepower Mopar muscle car fairly efficient (as 600 horsepower American muscle cars go).
I should point out that all of the information currently available on the internet is unofficial so actual figures from the new Hellcat Hemi could vary quite a bit when the new Challenger is introduced next year. But unless the rumors and insider information is completely off base – next year should be a very exciting one for fans of modern Mopar muscle.