If you're an enthusiast, and you don't know that Dodge spawned another Hellcat this week, you really must have been living in cave. The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is probably the biggest news for enthusiasts since the reveal of, well the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

But, there are some things you might not know or might have missed about the new Charger and Challenger Hellcats. For starters, reports that the Hellcat production would be limited to a low volume are not true.

"We have not capped the Hellcat on either the Challenger or the Charger," Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said.
A Chrysler spokesman confirmed the assembly plant in Canada and the engine factory in Mexico can handle increased demand, if Hellcats sell like infernal hotcakes. Theoretically, Dodge could sell as many Hellcats as the car-buying public wants. The Charger's pricing wasn't revealed, but the Challenger Hellcat will start at $60,990. That's not cheap, but it's not even Porsche 911 territory ($85,295), and it has twice the horsepower. For good or bad, the 707 horses of the Hellcat will be accessible to a lot of people.

"I expected these logos to be stolen." – Tim Kuniskis

If you get a Hellcat, you'll also actually be getting the Hellcat badge. Let us explain: the Challenger prototype we drove in Oregon said "Supercharged" in script lettering on the front fenders. The cars you might catch on the road being driven by engineers, writers or other lucky stiffs, are also prototypes with the same lettering. If you look closely, there aren't obvious exterior Hellcat markings on the car.

But the reveal of the Charger Hellcat was also the coming-out party for the Hellcat badge itself. Sure, we've seen pictures, but it looks much more menacing on the front fenders of a Charger. Though the reveal of the sedan this week was our first, up-close look at the badge, it will debut in production trim later this year on the Challenger, when "Supercharged" is swapped out for the Cat's menacing mug. The Charger arrives early next year.

"I expected these logos to be stolen," Kuniskis quipped.

Toyota reveals another FT-1 concept

Toyota president Akio Toyoda is a car guy. He's a racer, and he's been adamant that he wants his company to make more and better sports cars. We've been hearing whispers of a Supra replacement for years, and the company has renewed its trademark for the name. While there's a lot of circumstantial evidence something is afoot, there's no hard proof of anything, other than yeah, Akio Toyoda likes sports cars.

Now with the reveal of another FT-1 concept, this time at an event ahead of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, all signs are pointing toward some kind of new sports car. Toyota said the first one, revealed at the Detroit auto show in January, was a signpost for its sports-car ambitions, and this second one finished in graphite underscores that. The new concept will also appear in the Gran Turismo 6 video game, alongside another, more racing-inspired version that only exists in the virtual world.

It's still unclear what exactly Toyota has up its sleeve. Suggestions the FT-1 could be a successor to the MR2, Supra or 2000GT have been tossed about, but all of those cars had their own, distinct, identities. Regardless of how this plays out, it's a good thing for enthusiasts that Toyota, the world's largest and one of its most deep-pocketed automakers, has placed a premium on sports cars.

Tony Stewart may face criminal chargesTony Stewart

The three-time NASCAR champion bowed out of the race this weekend at Michigan International Speedway, and it's the second race he's missed since hitting and killing Kevin Ward Jr. in a sprint car race Aug. 9.

Ward Jr. had run onto the track to confront Stewart after Stewart spun Ward's car. No charges were filed in the immediate aftermath of Ward Jr.'s death. He could also face a civil suit in the wake of the incident.


Jaguar F-Type Project 7 shown at Pebble BeachJaguar F-Type Project 7

This car is exciting for plenty for reasons. The 5.0-liter V8 is cranked up to 575 hp, it comes in racing-themed colors and it's definitely exclusive, starting at $165,925.

There are a lot of cool low-volume, special-edition sports cars out there, but it's heartening for enthusiasts to see Jaguar emphasize its motorsports heritage with this car. Jaguar says the F-Type Project references its seven victories at Le Mans, and the car has styling references from the iconic D-Type.

So why does this matter? This salute to its history illustrates that Jaguar is working hard to keep its loyalists in the fold-and loyalists like tradition-even as the brand grows. It's also showing those wins at Le Mans, which stretch back to the 1950s, aren't just dusty trophies. Clearly, Jaguar believes its legendary past can help it sell cars to new customers in 2014.


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      AcidTonic
      • 4 Months Ago

      "In case the excessive advertising hasn't fully soaked into your brain, here's another dose"

      Dub
      • 4 Months Ago

      Autoblog made me hate this car.

      Alberto Torres Bueno
      • 4 Months Ago

      Demn mexicans stealing our jobs, bilding that engine with burritos and nopales

        Chandlak
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Alberto Torres Bueno

        Dey auso hav trubul wit day speling two.

      scott3
      • 4 Months Ago

      707 HP is fine but too bad the platform is so old and long in the tooth to really take full advantage of it.

      All the advertised power means little if so much of it is dialed out due to engine management to get the car to hook up.


      This is an example of how far behind Dodge really is as they have a great engine and no proper home for it.

      Here is hope that they will get a proper home and before 2018-19.

      Dodge has so much to do and gotten so little done since the bail out.

       

        Ozric
        • 4 Months Ago
        @scott3

        What $60K car does all the stuff you say is wrong ?

        SpitterGuy
        • 4 Months Ago
        @scott3

        The basic modern "Hemi" engine design, which this engine is a part of, debuted back in 200, older than the platform itself is. So you  going tocalling this engine unworthy too? I think they have made good use of the platform.

      Really
      • 4 Months Ago

      Just like the Viper another over cubic inch POS but now with a HP robbing blower. With displacement of this size turbos have no lag.

      Common Chrysler show me some power out of more relevant small displacement. 3.5L twin turbo could easily put out this power and double the economy to boot. 

      These things will be worth a fraction in 5 years.

        Douglas Hamner
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Really

        It has 110hp/l specific output

        It is actually pretty well sized. It makes 70% of the power of a Veyron with half the cylinders and a single compressor instead of four.

          dave
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Douglas Hamner

          Apparently you missed the part where there is a 2.3 liter blower attached to the 6.2 liter engine. Turbos and blowers add displacement which is why it's pointless to assign a hp/l measurement to a forced induction car. 

        Tribesman2004
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Really

        Man, why aren't you making supercars yet? You seem to have such a handle of engineering, to talk down on the Viper and MOPAR in general, you'd make a fortune!

        Scifidelity
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Really
        I always suspected it but never had proof. Thank you for proving that people will complain about pretty much anything.
        jphyundai
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Really

        Obviously you have Not done your research in the MOPAR classic car market.

      Bernard
      • 4 Months Ago

      I only like the Charger version. They finally fixed the Charger's front fascia in that upgrade.

      Christopher Anderson
      • 4 Months Ago

      "A Chrysler spokesman confirmed the assembly plant in Canada and the engine factory in Mexico..."

      So an Italian-owned company is building an insane engine in Mexico, which is then shipped to Canada where the remainder of the car is built, so that journalists and Mopar fans can thump their chests and scream "'Murica!"

      I think the focus on "domestic" vs. "foreign" is silly, but I also found that so wonderfully ironic that I just had to comment.

        ken
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Christopher Anderson

        I don't see anyone complain in Canada and Mexico about buying American petroleum products when the raw materials came from these nations or Chinese paying more than Americans for Apple products. Welcome to the brave new world.  

          Christopher Anderson
          • 4 Months Ago
          @ken

          Sorry I didn't make it clear enough for you, but I don't have a problem with where it's built. I just thought it was funny for a car and company that go so far out of their way to talk about being American.

          I think it's a stupid car, regardless of where it's built or by whom.

        jphyundai
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Christopher Anderson

        The car is Great regardless of provenance.

      johnbravo6
      • 4 Months Ago

      Did they mention that Dodge is throwing away 80HP because the fat, stupid guys who buy these don't understand how turbos work?

        jphyundai
        • 4 Months Ago
        @johnbravo6

        You must be insanely jealous because your turbo wundecar is completely outclassed.

      Michael Piccione
      • 4 Months Ago

      DODGE IS LYING ABOUT THE LIMIT. I HAVE AN EMAIL FROM CHRYSLER TELLING US DEALERS THAT THEY WILL ONLY BUILD 3000 HELLCATS TOTAL IN THE CHALLENGER AND NOT TO PROMISE CUSTOMERS ANYTHING. SOUNDS LIKE A LIMIT TO ME! I'D LOVE TO POST THE EMAIL BUT I'M SURE THAT WOULD GET ME IN SOME HOT WATER BUT TRUST ME, 3,000 IS ALL THEY'RE GOING TO BUILD IN THE CHALLENGER. WE CAN'T EVEN SPEC ONE OUT YET ON THE WEBSITE US DEALERS USE TO ORDER VEHICLES.

        Thomas Freeman
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Michael Piccione

        There is NO letter. I just ordered an SRT 392 - they have ZERO ordering information on the HELLCAT period. Nice try though.

        jphyundai
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Michael Piccione

        Nice, now maybe you can find another Ford Pinto memo, we are truly in suspense here.

      Ahmed Attar
      • 4 Months Ago

      No even with the 700+ horsepower hell cat,  the 2013-'14 Shelby GT500 will put this cat in hell!

      rkeeeballs
      • 4 Months Ago

      Mopar 707 hp @ $60k ? Makes that $75k Z28 Camaro look pretty bleak......Lets track test and evaluate, shall we ?....Watch the other players start adding hp to their offerings just to one up each other....650+ of torque....YeeeHawwww !...Oh Carroll Shelby where are you..(god bless)

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