700 Horsepower Gives Chrysler PT Cruiser Some Muscle

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Hellcat all the things!

The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat proves that Fiat Chrysler is on a crusade to shove a supercharged V8 with over 700 horsepower into nearly all of its models. If the Chrysler PT Cruiser were around today, there would almost certainly be a Hellcat variant. The PT Cruiser GT was no slouch in its day with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine borrowed from the Neon SRT-4, producing 230 hp. That setup can easily be tuned as well, producing Hellcat-rivaling power.

While the PT Cruiser isn't high on the list of cars to modify for most enthusiasts, this rendering of a PT Cruiser Widebody with a Hellcat engine under the hood shows the model's hidden potential.


The rendering artist did a lot more than simply take modern Charger/Challenger Hellcat design cues and graft them onto the PT Cruiser. They actually took it in a unique direction with massively flared wheel arches, retro-style wheels, LED headlights, NASCAR-inspired Boom tube side-pipe exhausts, and 50s-style tailfins over the rear lights. At the back, the exposed rear end shows off massive drag radial tires and a heft rear differential. Combined with some cherry red paint, we think the design looks seriously awesome.

While the creation doesn't have an official name, we like the idea of Track Cruiser. FCA has yet to authorize the Hellcat name for anything outside the Dodge brand, so this Hellcat-powered PT Cruiser would have to get creative, like the Jeep Trackhawk.

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Building a Hellcat-powered PT Cruiser would likely prove to be a near-impossible challenge. Fitting the 6.2-liter HEMI V8 into the PT Cruiser's pointy front end would require extensive modifications, as would converting the car to rear-wheel-drive. Someone would have to authorize a massive budget to make this a reality, but we think it might receive enough clicks to be worth the investment.

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