Dodge and SRT fans who have been grinding their teeth over the lack of a weapon to fight off the likes of Ford’s Mustang Shelby GT500 or Chevy’s Camaro ZL1 can breathe a little easier. According to a report in Automotive News, Chrysler is preparing a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 that will propel next-generation high-performance Challengers and Barracudas.
The Hellcat likely wouldn’t see production until summer of next year, which would coincide with the timeline for a major overhaul of the Challenger, as well as the introduction of the SRT Barracuda.
There is one potential downside to this news: Staring down the barrel of ever-tightening fuel-economy standards, we’re in the midst of watching displacement figures drop from generation to generation, so we could be witnessing the end of the big-displacement V-8s.
We’d say get ‘em while they’re hot—and if big-cube V-8s are your thing, then we’ll say that anyway—but if this generation of downsized and force-fed high-performance mills has taught us anything, it’s that while such emissions regulations may cut down on displacement, the fun factors are as high as ever. By: blog.caranddriver