Dodge Challenger to Receive Hellcat V8

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Time to get ready for some Hellcat V8 bliss.

Underneath that retro and badass body, the Dodge Challenger is actually several years old. Its RWD platform dates back to the days of Daimler-Chrysler. Chrysler has simply been improving it ever since. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when compared to its main rivals, specifically the new Ford Mustang, the Challenger is a heavier boat than ever. Fortunately, Chrysler engineers are not ready to quit on the car just yet, as we’re about to see some major Challenger upgrades for 2015.

For starters, the base V6 model will come with a new eight-speed automatic that’ll help lower 0-60 times to around 6.6-6.8 seconds. Fuel economy will improve as well, reaching around 31 mpg. Even the 5.7- and 6.4 liter Hemi V8s are due for a minor power boost. Both will also be offered with the eight-speed as well as the familiar six-speed manual. That new supercharged 6.2-liter V8, internally called the "Hellcat V8," which we reported on last week, will likely arrive at some point soon but only in very limited numbers, and priced at "over $70,000." It may also find its way into the Charger, but not the 300. Just picture it: a Challenger with 650+ horsepower. It'll be magnificent.

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