Back in 2006 when Chrysler first released their line of SRT-8 vehicles the 6.1L HEMI was a big deal. It made 425hp and 420 lb-ft torque, still good numbers but not compared to what’s been coming out from some other manufacturers recently. For example, the Ford GT500 Shelby Mustang makes 550 hp, the Camaro SS 426 hp and don’t even get me started about the 500 + hp BMW’s and Mercedes. For this reason alone Chrysler needs to step up their game if they still want to be taken seriously from an enthusiasts point of view. It’s now 2010 and with the release of the upcoming 2011 Dodge Charger just a few months away, people are getting very antsy to know what’s going to be under the bonnet. For months we’ve been hearing rumors of the 6.4L HEMI but as of yet there are only whisperings of how much power it will actually make.
According to Allpar.com though the new HEMI is said to be packing in the neighborhood of 480 hp and 460 lb-ft torque. And while these numbers are indeed good ones I can’t help but wonder if they’re going to be enough to fend off the competition. Remember that the Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300 are all big cars that weigh almost 4000 lbs. a pop, so even with 480 hp under the hood, those new HEMI’s will be working to get those cars moving. My hope is that Chrysler decides to surprise us all and releases the new HEMI with 500 + hp. They do that and they’ll have customers flocking to showrooms to check out the new SRT-8’s.