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Once again, the sprawling Dodge display at the Woodward Dream Cruise was one of the biggest and most impressive automaker areas, with a huge collection of privately owned vehicles, new models, concept cars, company owned show cars and even a monster truck.
There were also free airbrush tattoos, a virtual Dodge Viper drive in a Dodge Viper, slot car drag racing, a Mopar apparel trailer, a spread of brand-specific displays featuring the hottest models from each individual lineup, the Fiat lounge and live music.
While rain cut the festivities a bit short when the clouds rolled in later in the afternoon, the Dodge display was awesome on every level and because of that, it was packed full of people even after the rain hit. I have been going to the Woodward Dream Cruise and visiting the FCA display for a decade now and in my opinion, this year’s show was the best.
If you didn’t have a chance to make it to Woodward this year and you are bummin’ about missing the FCA display, you are in luck. We had our cameras out and captured every vehicle on display, along with the different non-automotive aspects of the Mopar area. While we have posted just a few pictures here, you can click the link below to head into our gallery forum where you will find over a hundred pictures of the FCA display at the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise.
Click here to check out the whole gallery in the forum!
By Patrick Rall, LXForums Editorial Staff
There is a rumor floating around the internet backed by insider information insisting that in 2019 or 2020, the Hellcat Hemi will get a power bump up to 850 horsepower. Of course, there has been no word from FCA about this rumor, but based on the sources of the insider information, it seems like there really could be an 850 horsepower Hellcat Hemi headed to production in a couple of years.
A normal production Challenger or Charger with 850 horsepower seems crazy, but there was a point in time just a few years back when a stock Dodge with 707 horsepower not wearing Viper badges seemed crazy. Best of all, it seems as though the FCA engineers could extract the extra 143 horsepower without a whole lot of work.
I have the pleasure of knowing a great many folks who own a Hellcat Challenger or Charger, including some of the folks who own and race some of the quickest and fastest Hellcat cars in the world. I have followed a few builds and I've learned that increasing the current Hellcat Hemi from 707 horsepower to 850 horsepower doesn’t take a great deal of work. Upgrades as simple as a different supercharger pulley, freer flowing exhaust (headers) and a solid engine tune will easily lift the current Charger and Challenger to 850 horsepower.
More importantly, of all of the Hellcat Challenger and Charger owners out there running these simple modifications and the resulting power levels, I have heard of very few reports of mechanical failures anywhere in the drivetrain. Of the dozens of Hellcat owners Ive spoken with who spend time at the track, the heavy duty 8-speed transmission and the rear differential appear to be holding up well – even in modified cars.
In other words, the engine will easily make 850 horsepower while the transmission and rear differential will have no problems handling that extra load. Also, since the increase in power shouldn’t require any extensive modifications, there might not be a huge increase in price, should the 850hp engine reach production in a few years.
So, if the Hellcat Hemi can easily make 850 horsepower and the other drivetrain components will comfortably send that power to the ground, why don’t the current SRT Challengers and Chargers have this bigger power from the factory? One reason could be emission tests, as prior to the dealership debut of the first Hellcat Challengers, there were rumors floating around the internet (again, supported by unnamed insiders) which claimed that FCA was having a hard time meeting the strict emission standards in California and those states which follow California’s emission requirements.
This initial rumor suggested that in 700+ horsepower mode, the Hellcat Challenger was failing to meet the CARB requirements, but that problem was obviously rectified since these cars are all legal in all 50 states. If the company was having problems meeting CARB standards at the 700+ (red key) setting, they would most certainly have issues meeting those requirements with an extra 143 horsepower…or at least they would have in late 2014. Now that we are two years further into the steady progression of automotive technology, there is a good chance that the company has worked out a way to pull 850 horsepower from the Hellcat Hemi while still meeting the strictest emission standards.
Or, as the rumor goes, the FCA engineers have 3 more years to get a Hellcat Hemi with 850 horsepower to pass emissions tests from coast to coast. If they do, the Dodge brand will continue to lead the way in the American horsepower war – while also making the Challenger and Charger two of the most powerful production cars in the entire world.
To summarize everything…
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- The Hellcat Hemi is very capable of making 850 horsepower
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