If you love the 707-horsepower, supercharged Challenger Hellcat but need two more doors, a new report from AutoGuide should get you excited. According to the site, Dodge CEO Timothy Kuniskis was on 101 WRIF — a Detroit-based radio station — and said that the brand will debut a new performance vehicle during the Woodward Dream Cruise. The debut will take place on August 16, 2014.
Kuniskis stopped short of confirming that the model set to debut will, in fact, be the Charger Hellcat, but the writing is on the wall. Spy photographers have been in full force snapping images of the test mule for this powerful sedan, and they haven’t run across any other performance Dodges of note recently.
We expect to see the Charger Hellcat carry the same 6.2-liter, supercharged, V-8 engine that its two-door platform mate carries. Barring Dodge choosing to de-tune the sedan’s engine, this would inject 707 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque into the Charger. Unlike the Challenger, which comes with either an eight-speed TorqueFlight auto transmission or a six-speed manual, expect to see only the eight-speed auto in the Charger Hellcat. Dodge has long resisted adding a manual gearbox to the Charger lineup, and it is unlikely to see that change with the new engine.
Everything else from the Challenger Hellcat should carry over into the Charger model. This means that it will receive a rear spoiler, Y-rated rubber, a hood scoop, upgraded Brembo brakes with slotted rotors and larger exhaust tips.
If this report proves to be true, the Charger Hellcat will become the most powerful sedan on the market, besting its nearest rival, the Chevy SS, by a full 292 horsepower.