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Spy Shots—Is the 2016 Charger SRT8 Running the Hellcat?


The shooters at KGP Photography just got their first look at a production-spec prototype for the next Dodge Charger SRT8, running camouflaged on the streets of Detroit. The prototype allows a good feel for how the SRT's aggressive design touches will be applied to its new, Dart-inspired front fascia. It sports a deeper front air dam, a jutting chin spoiler up front and deeper-breathing front air intakes. There is also a glimpse of the Charger's new air duct on its hood, likely styled after the overhauled ’15 Challenger SRT. Meaty wheels and tires, and beefy twin exhausts round out the package at the rear.

This new Challenger SRT8 is almost certainly getting the supercharged 6.2L Hellcat V8 that was just unveiled in the top-tier Challenger SRT, judging from the rumor mill and from Fiat Chrysler's very own image laying out the company's five-year model plan. The graphic shows the same engine specs for the upcoming Charger SRT (caught testing here) as the Challenger SRT, both referencing "RWD S/C V8." It's uncertain whether this particular prototype was running the Hellcat engine or the standard Hemi 392 engine, but it certainly looked and sounded formidable as it hustled back to the safety of its engineering lab.


Photo credit: KGP Photography