There have been a lot of images of the SRT Challenger with the "Hellcat" V-8 flying around the Internet, but with the body coverings on the car, it was really impossible to see if it had any body cues to differentiate it from the standard Challenger. Well, we have some of what we were told were the first “uncovered” shots for you to actually get a look at the SRT Challenger, powered by the supercharged Hellcat engine.
While the “other” Dodge Challenger variants have been unveiled at the New York Auto Show, numerous SRT Hellcat-powered Challengers have been driving around with feature-hiding camouflage for a while. However, here are possibly a couple of shots of two Hellcat prototypes without a shred of clothing, giving us a near showroom-ready look at the invigorated muscle car that is looking to answer the new challenges brought forth by the new Mustang GT500 and the Camaro ZL1 and Z/28.
We have previously seen images of the SRT Challenger Hellcat with the hood open, but with these new images, is it possible that now the rest of the car is available for viewing. This new hood treatment shows a beefy, Viper-esque or vintage AAR Cuda style hood scoop. There are some unsubstantiated reports that the Hellcat V-8 engine actually makes more power than the Viper. If that’s the case, we can’t wait to get our hands on one.
So, maybe this isn't the new Hellcat--or is it? With the Challenger receiving new styling cues like a new grill and tail treatment, maybe this newly-seen hood is something to come. Maybe, just maybe, this 2015 Challenger with a 392 Hemi DOES have a Hellcat engine under the hood, and placing it in a "standard" Challenger body is meant to throw us off. Only time will tell.