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Spied! Dodge Charger Hellcat Tries to Hide Crosshair-less Grille

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/28/2014 Karla Sanchez

Spy photographers just spotted a Dodge Charger prototype testing out and about, but certain elements indicate that it's not your average Charger. Special blacked-out wheels and a unique front grille that's slightly visible through the camouflage hint that the prototype could very well be packing the Challenger Hellcat's engine.

A closer look at the white prototype's see-through camouflage reveals a blacked-out honeycomb front grille similar to the one on the Challenger SRT Hellcat. Since we got our first look at the 2015 Dodge Charger at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, we know that the sedan has a crosshair front grille similar to the one on the Dart and other Dodge models, but we don't see that on these two prototypes. Even Charger SRT models have the same Dart-like mug. Dodge Charger Hellcat Prototype Spied Up Close Front Bumper© Provided by MotorTrend Dodge Charger Hellcat Prototype Spied Up Close Front Bumper

Other Challenger Hellcat-like features seen on the prototypes include matte-black seven-spoke wheels, Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires, a massive hood scoop, front and rear spoilers, slotted brake rotors, Brembo brake calipers, and massive exhaust tips. If all those similarities weren't enough to tip us off that a Charger Hellcat is in the works, perhaps the SAE J1349 certification filing will do the trick. The data reveals that the same supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Challenger Hellcat will also be used in the Charger, which means the sedan will put out the same massive 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque as its two-door sibling. Dodge Charger Hellcat Prototype Spied Front Right Wheel© Provided by MotorTrend Dodge Charger Hellcat Prototype Spied Front Right Wheel

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat comes standard with a six-speed manual (with an external oil cooler and beefier clutch), which we'd love to see in the upcoming Charger. While it's unclear if the Charger will get its first factory-offered manual transmission in years, the Challenger Hellcat's eight-speed automatic is practically guaranteed. Word is that the Charger Hellcat will debut in a few months, but until then, spy photographers will remain on the lookout.

Photo Source: Chris Doane Automotive

Dodge Charger Hellcat Prototype Spied Front Right Angle© Provided by MotorTrend Dodge Charger Hellcat Prototype Spied Front Right Angle
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