Dodge blew 7 engines in an attempt to ensure the Ultimate Hellcat for the final “Last Call” Challenger Special
Squeezing out more horsepower Dodge’s powerful Hellcat the engine is not difficult, but the behavior of these horses in front of the adults of Stellantis is another matter.
Just ask Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, whose engineering team has blasted seven Hellcat engines through Dodge’s grueling certification process in an attempt to get a more powerful variant, only to be forced to abandon them. the car’s scheduled SEMA debut.
The final, 7th ‘Last Call’ Challenger will have the most powerful V8 yet
Dodge is currently sending the Charger and Challenger on a farewell tour, rolling out some special “Last Call” editions. He has already released six including the latest ‘Black Ghost’ and ‘Swingers’, and one more remains, the still-undercover seventh and final car, which was supposed to be more special than most. Celebrating another as-yet-unnamed muscle classic from Dodge’s back catalog, this model is set to become the most powerful street-legal factory Hellcat engine ever produced.
“We had to do it launch at SEMA and we have had some problems. I’m not going to try to hide behind the usual “supply chain and chip issues” stuff. No, this is up to me,” Kuniskis explained at last week’s media briefing for Dodge’s SEMA plans.
“When you want to add power to a Hellcat it’s very easy to do. “Unfortunately, when I sell it as a commemorative edition, I have to go through the normal production cycle,” said the Dodge CEO. And it’s those durability tests that caused the problem.
“It’s not that easy to do. We run these things at full speed for hours on end, 24-7. The tests on these things are brutal. So far we’ve released seven engines, but I think we’ve figured it out.”
Kuniskis said that if the undisclosed fix works, we can expect to see the finished car unveiled in early 2023. As for how much power, the Dodge CEO isn’t saying, but previous reports have suggested it could be even more. stronger than the old one Challenger SRT Demon.
The 2018 Demon increased its output from 707 hp (717 PS) to 840 hp (852 PS), thanks to a larger supercharger, higher rev limiter and a new powertrain module designed to run on 100+ octane gas. Zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) took 2.3 seconds and the Demona was able to tear down the asphalt quarter mile at 140 mph (225 km/h) in 9.65 seconds.
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