The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat isn’t exactly a slouch as it features a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 717 hp (534 kW / 727 PS) and 656 lb-ft (888 Nm) of torque. However, a new report is suggesting it could become even more powerful thanks to the addition of a mild-hybrid system.
While nothing is official, The Detroit Bureau says several sources have suggested the Hellcat engine could eventually be equipped with a mild-hybrid system that is similar to the one used on the Jeep Wrangler. The system would reportedly weigh less than 100 lbs (45 kg), but could potentially deliver more than 130 lb-ft (176 Nm) of torque.
Little else is known about the rumored system, but the Wrangler’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder has eTorque technology. It adds several different features including an engine start/stop system, regenerative braking, extended fuel shut-off and an electric power assist function. The latter delivers an extra 71 lb-ft (96 Nm) of torque to boost off-the-line acceleration.
There’s no word on when the hybrid Hellcat could arrive, but the publication spoke to FCA’s powertrain boss who said the company aims to be an electrification leader in the next 12 to 18 months. That would be a big change for the company as their most prominent electrified vehicles are the Chrysler Pacifica plug-in hybrid and Fiat 500e.
Micky Bly wouldn’t go into specifics, but said the electrification push is the result of the need to meet “government compliance.” He also said “You can’t get much more efficiency out of a gasoline engine.”
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While Bly didn’t talk about specific models, the company has already announced plans for an assortment of new plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. During last year’s Capital Markets Day presentation, Jeep said it will have four electric vehicles and ten plug-in hybrids by 2022. Alfa Romeo and Maserati are also working on a number of electrified models including the Alfieri, GTV and 8C.