Squeezing out more horsepower Dodge’s powerful Hellcat the motor is not difficult, but getting these horses to behave well in front of the grown-up Stellantis is another matter.

Just ask Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, whose engineering team blasted seven Hellcat engines in an attempt to get a more powerful variant through Dodge’s grueling certification process, forcing the cancellation the car is scheduled to debut at SEMA.

The final, 7th “Last Call” Challenger will have the most powerful V8 ever

Dodge is now sending the Charger and Challenger on a farewell tour with a series of “Last Call” specials. He has already released six of them, including the recent ones “Black Ghost” and “swinger”, leaving one more, the seventh and final so-far secret car that was meant to be more special than most. Because this model, which honors another as-yet-unnamed muscle classic from Dodge’s back catalog, is waiting to receive the most powerful Hellcat engine ever produced on the streets.

“We had to launch at SEMA and we encountered some problems. I’m not going to try to hide behind the usual phrase of “supply chain and chip issues”, things like that. No, it’s up to me,” Kuniskis explained during a media briefing on Dodge’s SEMA plans last week.

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The debut of the seventh and final “Last Call” V8 at SEMA has been canceled

“If you want to add power to the Hellcat, it’s very easy to do. Unfortunately, if I sell it as a commemorative edition, I will have to go through the normal production cycle,” said the Dodge CEO. And it was these strength tests that caused the problem.

“It’s not that easy to do. We run these things at wide open throttle for hours on end, 24-7. Testing these things is just brutal. So far, we’ve hit seven engines with grenades, but I think we’ve figured it out.”

Kuniskis said that if the undisclosed fix works, we can expect to see the finished car in early 2023. Dodge’s CEO isn’t talking about how much power we can expect, but previous reports have suggested it could be even more powerful than the old one. Challenger SRT Demon.

The 2018 Demon received an increase from 707 hp. (717 hp) to 840 hp. (852 hp) thanks to a larger supercharger, a higher rev limit and a new powertrain module designed to run on 100+ octane gas. Zero to 60 mph (97 km/h) takes 2.3 seconds, and the Demon can tear up a quarter-mile of tarmac in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph (225 km/h).

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