SEMA News—October 2014



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GM Duramax Turbo Diesel

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

GM Duramax Turbo Diesel Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat  
GM Duramax Turbo Diesel Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

These prototypes are outfitted with an upgraded version of GM’s Duramax Turbo-Diesel V8 engine. GM is rumored to be increasing the power to counter Ford’s recently upgraded 6.7L Powerstroke V8 Turbo-Diesel, which generates 440 hp and 860 lb.-ft. of torque compared to the Duramax’s 397 hp and 760 lb.-ft. More air will be fed to the engine via a new functional air intake designed into the truck’s hood. Additional changes may ultimately be in store for GM’s fullsize trucks, including modest changes to the front fascias.

The shooters at KGP Photography caught the Dodge Charger SRT testing with the 707hp Hellcat V8. The prototype allows a good feel for how the SRT’s aggressive design touches will be applied to its new, Dart-inspired front fascia. A deeper front air dam, a jutting chin spoiler up front and deeper-breathing front air intakes can be seen, and there’s also a glimpse at the Charger’s new air duct on its hood. Meaty wheels and tires and beefy twin exhausts round out the package at the rear.

’16 Chevy Camaro

Dodge Challenger SRT8

’16 Chevy Camaro Dodge Challenger SRT8
’16 Chevy Camaro Dodge Challenger SRT8

These photos of the ’16 Chevy Camaro’s first tests on public roads were captured by the pros at KGP Photography right before the GM test group rushed the vehicle back to the GM Proving Grounds. With the initial shots of the next-gen Camaro taken from an aerial perspective, this look at the musclecar offers a real-world perspective to the shape and proportions of the new Cadillac ATS-based platform. The front camouflage is quite thick, but some aspects of the grilles and headlights can be seen. This particular test group consisted of eight or nine high-performance variants, and the photographers reported that there didn’t seem to be a six-cylinder in the bunch.

The very aggressive SRT-tuned Dodge Challenger—captured undisguised in red—reveals the musclecar’s new hood design. KGP Photography previously snapped shots of a silver prototype wearing a hood scoop in what appeared to be the first look at the top-tier Challenger model with the new “Hellcat” supercharged V8 engine. While it has the same hood design as in the earlier spy shots, the red Challenger looks like it is not quite as seriously spec’d out as the earlier prototype. The wheels and brakes on this prototype look to be of a less-aggressive makeup, while the wheels and brakes on the earlier prototype were an exact match for those on an earlier “Hellcat” prototype (which yielded shots of an exposed engine and its supercharger).

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