- A 2015 Dodge Charger SRT with a 707-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8 Hellcat Hemi engine may be in the pipeline.
- When Chrysler certified the high-performance engine with the Society of Automotive Engineers, it listed the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT alongside the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
- A Chrysler spokesman would not discuss plans for the 2015 Charger.
As previously reported by Edmunds, Chrysler says the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the fastest muscle car ever produced. And making the Hellcat Hemi available on the 2015 Charger SRT would allow the company to claim title to the world's most powerful sedan.
Lending credence to reports of the Charger's impending power surge is the official Society of Automotive Engineers certification filing for the 6.2-liter supercharged engine. Under "as used in" models on the document, Chrysler listed not only the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT but also the 2015 Charger SRT.
According to the SAE, the filing, called SAE J1349, is the means by which a manufacturer can get an engine's horsepower and torque specifications certified "to assure a customer that the engine they purchase delivers the advertised performance." And Chrysler's inclusion of the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT on the document would seem to be a clear indication of its intentions.
Although Chrysler spokesman Eric Mayne told Edmunds, "We're not discussing plans for the 2015 Charger right now," he did reiterate that "90 percent of the components on the engine are new."
And, based on information provided at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Investor Day in May, developing an engine for a single application, like the Challenger SRT Hellcat, would run counter to the company's five-year plan, which includes consolidating powertrains across multiple platforms.
As Bob Lee, Chrysler's powertrain vice president noted in his presentation at the time, the consolidation efforts "focused on transmissions first" and are "also being applied on large and specialty engines." And they don't get much larger and more special than the Hellcat Hemi.
At the same conference, a presentation by Dodge brand CEO Tim Kuniskis clearly emphasized Dodge's future in big yellow letters: "We Build Performance Cars" and "We want to bring back America's passion for driving."
Edmunds says: So, will there be a 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat? The Magic 8-Ball says: "All signs point to yes."