The shooters at KGP Photography have finally seen the Hellcat, thanks to these latest shots capturing the massive supercharger that's applied to the Hemi V8 in the ’15 SRT Challenger. The prototype's raised hood revealed the supercharger sitting high in the engine bay, removing any doubt about what's really going on under the hood of these camouflaged Challengers.
This look at the Hellcat engine now adds some visual proof to go with all those Internet rumors and reports. Challengers have been spotted wearing their front fascia camouflage for more than a year now, with a sighting of an enormous test group running through Death Valley earlier this past summer.
Due in ’14 as a ’15 model, the Hellcat-powered Challenger is likely what SRT boss Ralph Gilles promised when he said that SRT "will soon have an answer" for the Camaro ZL1, Z/28 and Mustang GT500.
The front-end bra hides what appears to be a new lower air intake resulting in a deeper-breathing front fascia. The exhaust set-up looks different with the new engine mods, and looks like it will also require a new rear-bumper design. It's currently unclear if the Hellcat engine will be offered as a special edition placed above the existing, top-rung Challenger, or if it will serve as a replacement for the top Challenger's normally-aspirated model. Regardless, power estimates are rumored to be north of 640 hp.
Photo credit: KGP Photography