UPDATE: FCA Won’t Build a Hellcat-Powered Chrysler 300 in 2018, Report Says
The horse is dead after all.
This article originally appeared on Sept. 18, 2017. An update has been added below to correct the previous report, and now refutes rumors of a Hellcat-powered Chrysler 300.
Fiat Chrysler has been on everyone's good side since it decided to swap the fabled Hellcat engine into pretty much everything it offered. Starting with the Dodge Challenger and Charger, then moving onto the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk the company hasn't pulled any punches when it comes to high horsepower people movers. Previous rumors stated that there was yet another Hellcat variant coming to the stable, but now, refuting an Automotive News report, the luxo-barge Chrysler 300 will not actually receive the same treatment in the fall of 2018.
According to that report, Chrysler plans to refresh the lineup-staple 300 for 2019, but prior to that, it would be shoehorning in that monstrous 707 pony powerplant because, well, does there have to be a reason? Not really. As it turns out, however, that rumor has been shot down and the 300 will not be blessed with the gloriously supercharged Hemi.
“I can confirm that there are NO plans to offer the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 (Hellcat) engine in the Chrysler 300," a company representative told Jalopnik.
It's reasonable to assume that it wouldn't take too much work to fit a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 under the 300's hood, especially when you take into account that the standard SRT version packs a 6.4-liter. With the supercharger sitting in the engine's hot-vee, it probably wouldn't have been an issue.
Why FCA decided against it, we don't know. But what we can hope is that some maniac will Hellcat-swap their own 300 and give us the mega-powerful super cruiser we deserve.
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