If there’s one thing Dodge wants to go down in the modern automotive history books for it’s for this: outrageous amounts of horsepower. The now out of production Challenger SRT Hellcat Demon, as the top example, produced a maximum of 840 hp. Only last week,Dodge unveiled its 707HP charger widebody. Does this signify a grand horsepower finale of sorts.
In order to accomplish that, however, one new piece of tech will be required: electrification. An electrified Hellcat V8? That’s exactly right. Not only will this allow Dodge powertrain engineers to extract more hp from the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat, but also an opportunity to move forward regarding the ever important “government compliance.”
Future Hellcat models could soon have a mild hybrid system that could add an additional 130 pound-feet of torque while weighing less than 100 pounds. More weight? Yes, but that’s actually very little considering the added torque that’ll lead to improved performance – especially in a drag race.
This mild hybrid system would be similar to the one that’ll be used in the upcoming Jeep Wrangler hybrid. FCA is also busy developing more hybrid models, including mild, conventional and plug-in. All-electric models are also coming, including a Fiat 500e successor. The also upcoming Alfa Romeo 8C supercar will also be offered with plug-in hybrid and hybrid drivetrains, depending on trim.