When it comes to American muscle, we typically think of the classic nameplates that have been bringing the power for years: Camaro, Challenger, Mustang.
But as the appetite for speed grows leaps and bounds, we've started seeing the domestics start offering — quite successfully — four door sport sedans.
I reckon the current-gen Cadillac CTS-V is an absolute monster. Though we've seen the next-gen CTS-V and the all-new ATS-V undergoing development, it seems that an all-new challenger may have just decided to jump into the ring and put up its dukes.
That would be the all-new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Yes, that would be the Hellcat motor we confirmed would be dropped into the four-door sedan this weekend.
Things are about to get very interesting.
There's good reason for this. Although the current-gen CTS-V makes a whopping 556 horsepower, we're expecting it to grow in line with the all-new Corvette Z06 that makes a staggering 650 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Whether or not it will make the same power figures has yet to be determined. Folks are remaining tight lipped on the subject.
We're not expecting the Hellcat motor to go unchanged in its new home, so, 707 horsepower it is for the Charger. Given the driving dynamics of the Chargers I've piloted, I am expecting the Hellcat to be more of a throwback muscle car whereas General Motors has got the handling thing down — finally.
Aside from the philosophical debate though, the FIRST spy shots of the Charger SRT Hellcat appeared this week. Captured in Detroit, it's clear that we shouldn't be too far away from a public debut — Los Angeles Auto Show? Detroit Auto Show?
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The 707-horsepower Charger will become the world’s most powerful sedan if put into production. Even though its arch-rival, the Chevrolet SS, will get a manual transmission starting in the 2015 model year, I’m becoming increasingly comfortable with the idea of an automatic only Charger Hellcat. The 8-speed automatic is not only a great gearbox, but I love the idea of perfect, launch control starts at every occassion. It’s better than the alternative: wrapping the thing around a telephone pole.