Anton Andres / Chrysler | September 19, 2017 11:08
Hellcat-powered Chrysler 300C under development
The Hellcat engine has been applied in a variety of Fiat-Chrysler cars for the past couple of years now. First with the Challenger, and then with the Charger, this powerful V8 is also seeing action in the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Now, another car may soon get the Hellcat treatment.
So which car will get high-performance V8 engine? According to reports, it will be the Chrysler 300C to get supercharged. Test mules sporting a wider stance and a more aggressive wheel and tire combination have been spotted around the automaker's headquarters. Given that Chrysler's E-segment sedan also shares its platform with the Charger and Challenger, the said engine should fit right in.
To recap, the Hellcat engine is a 6.2-liter V8 motor boosted by an IHI supercharger. The result is 717 PS and 880 Nm of torque in the Charger Hellcat and Challenger Hellcat. In the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk however, it has a different tune with slightly more power but a little less torque at 719 PS and 875 Nm. Should the 300C Hellcat make it into production, the total output is likely to be in those ranges.
As for the 300C range, it was previously reported that it would be using the Alfa Romeo Giulia platform dubbed the Giorgio. A new development however suggests that those plans have been scrapped and will continue using the LX architecture. The LX chassis dates back to the Daimler-Chrysler era and is, in turn, based on the W210 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. However, it has been hinted that it will be heavily modified by the 2019 model year to make it lighter than its current iteration.
Source: Automotive News via Motor1