Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Confirmed

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Road & Track has found evidence, courtesy of an SAE paper, that the 6.2L supercharged V8 from the Challenger SRT Hellcat, will make its way into the Charger.

The SAE has apparently certified the engine’s output for both the Challenger and Charger, but R&T is left wondering whether the 6-speed manual will be an option in the Charger, when it has traditionally been automatic only.

Even so, the new ZF 8-speed auto, with launch control and thoroughly modern guts, is nothing like the automatics of yesteryear. A stick shift would be nice to have, but the Hellcat seems to get its best drag strip performance when equipped with the automatic. After experiencing the 8-speed in the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, my own desire for a manual Hellcat is actually somewhat diminished.

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  • Johnny_5.0 Johnny_5.0 on Jul 25, 2014

    I, and I'm going out on a limb here and saying "a big ass number of prospective buyers compared to Hellcat shoppers", would be much more interested in a Scat Pack Charger with the same performance/content/price ratio as the Challenger got. I guess there isn't enough RWD V8 sedan competition to make them create a better bargain than the SRT8/Core versions of this car. Unless I missed a memo and that's actually going to happen?

  • Ajla Ajla on Jul 25, 2014

    "A stick shift would be nice to have..." I want an 8-speed with Hurst "Lightning Rod" type shifters.

  • VenomV12 VenomV12 on Jul 25, 2014

    To me the Jeep Grand Cherokee is the logical place to put the Hellcat engine and its accouterments, largely because it is kind of illogical. I have to believe though that with 707hp, AWD is really the way to go. I think they would sell quite a bit of Jeeps like this and truck too for that matter. They probably could not make 700hp pickup trucks fast enough to sell to the oil and gas and cattle guys with money burning a hole in their pockets.

    • Suspekt Suspekt on Jul 25, 2014

      So what your saying is that we need the Hellcat 6.2, the LT4 6.2, and Trinity 5.8 in their respective automakers top SUV and truck platforms? Hell Yes. I think 4wd LT4 powered widened body Escalade/Yukon/Tahoe models would sell well at near $100k transaction levels

  • John Rosevear John Rosevear on Jul 26, 2014

    I admit that I don't get the thinking behind this report. (Not your fault, but I raise an eyebrow at R&T). Yes, somebody found an SAE doc that indicates that the 6.2 S/C will be fitted to the Charger. But... the official five-year plan for Dodge from back in May stated that there would be a "RWD S/C V8" Charger SRT (see slide 29) debuting in January 2015 (see slide 31). How is it that the SAE doc is "confirmation" and an official FCA presentation isn't?

    • Hubcap Hubcap on Jul 26, 2014

      "How is it that the SAE doc is “confirmation” and an official FCA presentation isn’t?" Take a look at the other proclamations issued by FCA. Especially those concerning Alfa Romeo.