Fiat Chrysler Initially Didn't Have the Balls to Build the Hellcat V8

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Lesson being: don't listen to the bean counters.

This is the story of the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, courtesy of Fiat Chrysler. Only that it almost wasn’t. Back in early 2011, as the newly created automaker was still in the midst of major reorganizing in the wake of bankruptcy, plans were dropped to develop the 707 horsepower beast. The money just wasn’t there, supposedly, because the bean counters didn’t think it was worth the investment. They couldn’t have been more wrong. Folks, the lesson here is why engineers and car enthusiasts - NOT finance guys -need to call the shots at automakers.

The SRT engineering team, thank goodness, wouldn’t give up on the project and continued to pressure whoever needed to be pressured in order to get the green light. That happened four months after the Hellcat V8 program was shut down. Want proof the Challenger and Charger Hellcats were worth the cost? Not a single one has arrived in any dealership and already the engine has "likely been paid for by helping to recast the Dodge division as FCA’s performance brand." It’s not hard to sell awesomeness when you’ve built the most powerful regular production engine ever to come out of Detroit that's stuffed under the hoods of two already bad ass cars.

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