On top of all the other performance car debuts slated for next week's Detroit Auto Show, we might be able to add one more to the list – the new, supercharged Hellcat V8 from Chrysler. According to new reports, the rumored 640-horsepower mill is likely to cross the Motor City stage in the engine bay of a Dodge Challenger.

As AllPar points out, though, there may be more news than just the fire-breathing engine. While we've seen spy photos of the Hellcat testing under the hood of the current Challenger, there's a very fair chance that it won't arrive until the muscle car is refreshed later this year. The question now is whether that refresh will be shown off alongside the new engine in Detroit, or if it'll be saved, perhaps for the New York Auto Show.

Other details dug up by AllPar include potential transmissions for the supercharged engine – the Mopar-minded site is expecting an eight-speed automatic or a Tremec six-speed manual. Prices, meanwhile, could be in the same elevated range as the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, at $70,000 to $80,000.

A report from Motor Trend, meanwhile, is claiming that the new engine will be a 6.2-liter V8, rather than a 6.4 as suggested by Allpar, and it claims the new car will simply be called Challenger SRT Hellcat. MT also reports that, while the Challenger, Charger and Chrysler 300 all ride on the same platform, it's likely only the Dodge-branded cars will get the new powertrain, leaving the 300 hanging out to dry.


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      thecommentator2013
      • 11 Months Ago
      Not that we need such cars, no........... .....................we WANT them!!!
        Chris
        • 11 Months Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        If need was the only factor that influenced people's decisions then the automotive world would be a pretty dull place.
      miketim1
      • 11 Months Ago
      What a AWESOME name ! 640hp... I hope it can hook those rears up.
      Number23
      • 11 Months Ago
      70-80K?! That make my Boss 302 seem like a bargain.
      Avinash Machado
      • 11 Months Ago
      Needs to move to a lighter platform.Hopefully the next Challenger\Cuda will shed lots of weight.
      Mike Elliott
      • 11 Months Ago
      Incorrect attribution in the article, Allpar has never suggested it would be a 6.4L, they've always known it's a 6.2L under development. http://www.allpar.com/mopar/hemi/hellcat.html
      Skip Henderson
      • 11 Months Ago
      I'm a Mustang guy but the Challenger is a better looking car. The Camaro needs an overhaul, it looks uncomfortable to drive.
      dmg
      • 11 Months Ago
      I prefer the looks of the challenger to the Camaro. Dodge is doing a lot of good things latley
      csrecord
      • 11 Months Ago
      Meh. Was hoping to see the rumored Cuda revealed in Detroit.
      Dart
      • 11 Months Ago
      Everything I have seen has been $65k...not sure where this 70-80k suddenly came from. Also incorrect that Allpar has been calling for it to be a 6.4L. They have stated all along it would be a 6.2L, which, when doing the math, is achieved by using the 6.4L bore, and a 5.7L stroke, giving you 6.16L. Naysay all you want, but the Challenger sales are doing well...so apparently people like them. Personally I'm waiting for the redesign. Reliable rumor is that it'll be a smaller, lighter car, sharing a platform with the Avenger replacement, which is rumored to be going RWD to focus on performance.
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dart
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        Kyle
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dart
        And the current challenger's R&D has been recouped for a while... every car they sell is a massive load of Profit for Chrysler now.
        Jimster988
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Dart
        Buddy works for Chrysler in the Powertrain division. It's a 6.4L
      oknahs
      • 11 Months Ago
      I worked over 41 years waiting for the hp wars to continue and yes we are here. I have several cars and look forward to buying maybe two new modern muscle cars. The SRT hellcat Cuda./Avenger coupe Mustang GT350 a newly designed Camaro ZL1 and Z06 on on my bucket list. I am leaning toward the Cuda/Avenger since my daughters Challenger 392 is a absolute blast to drive especially with the paddle shifters. The Camaro isn't too far off if upgrades to a over 600 hp arrives. And yes the price point well appointed vehicles will be around $70k plus. My grown children enjoy all cars like I do so its more a family affair with these modern muscle cars. Before long the hp wars will die to the CAFE stds and these eventual relics will be enjoyed by my grand kids.
      Big D
      • 11 Months Ago
      Sad they are pricing these cars where the blue collar worker can't buy one!
        John W
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Big D
        These start at $23000, easily blue collar. Are you saying that no offering a 700HP version for that price is sad? Come on...
      EvilTollMan
      • 11 Months Ago
      Hey Chrysler, how about a lighter and more modern chassis??!!
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