The Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat have garnered a lot of attention but a new report is indicating the models were almost killed off entirely.
According to Automotive News, Fiat told Chrysler to halt the development of the Hellcat engine in early 2011. The engineering team was broken up and put to work on other projects but SRT wasn't ready to throw in the towel. They continued to lobby for the engine and the company's product development committee eventually gave it the green-light four months later.
Their change of heart lead to the development of a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that develops 707 bhp (527 kW) and 650 lb-ft (880Nm) of torque. This enables the Challenger SRT Hellcat to be the "most powerful muscle car" ever created, while the Charger SRT Hellcat claims to be the "quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world."