Chrysler developing supercharged 6.2 HEMI ‘Hellcat’ engine

Chrysler is working on a new supercharged V8 beast of an engine codenamed the ‘Hellcat’ – seems like a fitting name. It’s expected to debut in the next Dodge Challenger and may appear in other Chrysler-owned models.

Dodge Challenger SRT10 Concept burnout

The news was recently confirmed by Chrysler after an report revealed development is in progress. Chrysler declined to go into details.

According to reports the new engine will be a 6.2-litre HEMI, pressurised by a mechanical supercharger unit. It’s set to see power levels reach a whopping 477kW, easily surpassing the company’s current V8 horsepower hero, the 6.4 HEMI (347kW).

It’s believed Chrysler is looking to put up a strong fight against its main US rivals, namely, the Ford Mustang GT500 (494kW) and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (432kW).

Although the engine may be extremely powerful, it is likely to be the last of such outrageous muscle car engines from the company.

A Chrysler insider described it as the “last hurrah” before tight new CAFE emissions laws come in which will restrict carmakers from producing overly powerful and large capacity engines.

The monster HEMI is expected to debut in the next-gen Dodge Challenger, backed up by the company’s new eight-speed auto, some time during 2014.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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