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Is A Dodge Challenger With 855 HP In The Works?

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According to a drifting champion, it is.

Last month Dodge started its Horsepower Challenger contest. The prize was originally to be five specially prepared Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye models given away over five weeks. Week one had a problem, though, and now there are six of the special Redeyes up for grabs. American wrestler Bill Goldberg is heavily involved in the promotion, and now drifting specialist and champion Samuel Hübinette has appeared as a stunt driver for Goldberg. He's made some behind-the-scenes posts on Instagram. On one of the posts, he mentions that the car shown is a "special edition 855 HP Redeye." Right now, the Redeye Challenger has 797 horsepower.

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Someone on Instagram immediately asked Hübinette if that was right, and he said, "That is correct 855HP." That means the car he has been driving has a full 58 horsepower more than a "standard" Hellcat Redeye's 6.2-liter V8 engine. If Dodge is giving away special editions with more than the standard amount of power, that's a big surprise, to say the least. There's been talk of a more powerful Challenger coming down the road for some time, and even rumors of a 1,000 horsepower supercharged 426-cubic inch Hemi. That doesn't strike us as too likely, but we've seen that a different supercharger pulley and a tune on the engine can pull 855 horsepower from the 6.2-liter V8.

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Of course, Hübinette could be mistaken, but his reply was resolute and he repeated the 855 horsepower claim. Whether it's an actual special edition package or some upcoming Mopar upgrades is unclear. It is probably about time Mopar started putting together some performance packages for the Hellcat family, so people have a factory path to upgrade and unlock extra performance. We've seen stage kits available over the years for many Dodge performance vehicles, and, at this point, it's hard to see why the Hellcat Challenger would be any different.

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