We can’t say that we’re surprised.
When Dodgeannounced the Charger SRT Hellcat and Challenger SRT Hellcat, every automotiveenthusiast in the US applauded. No other automaker in the country hasenough guts to offer two muscle cars both powered by a supercharged 6.2-literHEMI V8 making 707 hp to the public at an affordable price. No other car on themarket today encompasses the American motoring spirit like these two vehicles and nowMotor Authority is reporting that the SRT lineup will ditch all HEMI V8s after the 2019 model year.
Motor Authority spotted a post from an insider on JeepTrackhawkForums saying SRT will look towards twin-turbochargedfours or twin-turbocharged sixes to power its vehicles. That would meanthe end of traditional muscle cars from one of the boldest automakers out there and perhapseven the end of V8s from the US. Should enthusiasts be worried about this news? Hell yes and no. This essentially means that automakers can no longer justify engineeringenormous, powerful engines with fuel requirements getting stricter. The upsideof this is that we’ve seen twin-turbocharged engines produce more than 600 hp withease, so power will be down, but not by much.
While this newsis probably true, we know a lot of things can change over time, so take it with a pinch of salt. If the Hellcat twins do end up getting axed, then the recentprice hike would be greatly justified. If this news is true, then the SRTCharger and Challenger are sure to become instant collectors items. If you’vebeen looking to get into a muscle car with a glorious and powerful V8, the SRT Hellcatsmay be your last chance. Pardon us while we give what may be America’s lastmuscle cars a moment of silence.