Με τα πρώτα Challenger SRT Hellcat να έχουν ήδη παραδοθεί στους ιδιοκτήτες τους, παίρνει σειρά και το Charger SRT Hellcat να δει βγει στη παραγωγή, με την Dodge να ανακοινώσει πως το γρηγορότερο sedan παραγωγής του κόσμου καταναλώνει 14,7 λίτρα βενζίνης/100 χλμ. Στη πόλη η κατανάλωση του ανέρχεται στα 18 λίτρα/100 χλμ, ενώ εκτός πόλης καταναλώνει 10,7 λίτρα/100 χλμ. Πως αλλιώς να χορτάσουν τα 717 άλογα που παράγει o V8 6,2-λίτρων HEMI κινητήρας. Το μοντέλο ξεκινά από τα $63.995 με τα 0-96 χλμ/ώρα να τα κάνει σε 3,7 δευτερόλεπτα, έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 328 χλμ/ώρα.
Στις σχετικές ειδήσεις η Chrysler ανακοίνωσε πως θα επενδύσει 266 εκατ. δολάρια στο εργοστάσιο της παραγωγής κινητήρων στο Κόκομο της Ιντιάνα, για να επεκτείνει τη παραγωγή του 8-τάχυτου αυτόματου κιβωτίου της.
Τα κιβώτια ουσιαστικά είναι της ZF, αλλά η Chrysler τα κατασκευάζει για λογαριασμό της στο εργοστάσιο της. Το κοινό τα έχει αγαπήσει με την Chrysler να δηλώνει πως από το 2009, έχει επενδύσει περίπου 1,5 δισ. δολάρια στο συγκεκριμένο εργοστάσιο.
707-Horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Earns EPA Highway Fuel-Economy Rating of 22 mpg
- 22 miles per gallon (mpg) achieved with award-winning 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 and segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission
- With NHRA-certified quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.0 seconds and top speed of 204 miles per hour, 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, is quickest, fastest and most-powerful sedan ever
- World’s only four-door muscle car; starting U.S. MSRP of $63,995
December 10, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat – the quickest, fastest, most-powerful sedan ever – now boasts a fuel-economy rating as remarkable as its performance numbers.
Equipped with Chrysler Group’s 707-horsepower 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 – today named one of Ward’s 10 Best Engines – the new Charger SRT Hellcat has earned a highway fuel-economy rating of 22 miles per gallon (mpg) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“The new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is a multidimensional phenomenon,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge and SRT Brands. “It is the quickest, fastest, most-powerful sedan ever produced – the world’s only four-door muscle car. Factor in its affordable price and 22-mpg highway fuel-economy rating and it’s clear that the Charger SRT Hellcat competes in a class all by itself.”
The new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has recorded an 11-second quarter-mile on street tires – a clocking certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). It also goes from 0-100-0 mph in less than 13 seconds and boasts a top speed of 204 miles per hour (mph).
Its starting U.S. MSRP is $63,995, including a $1,700 gas-guzzler tax.
The Charger SRT Hellcat also earns EPA ratings of 16 mpg in combined-cycle driving, and 13 mpg in the city.
The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat – the same engine that powers the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – benefits from content that is 91 percent new, compared with its 6.4-liter SRT cousin, better known as the 392 HEMI.
Engineered in-house, the Hellcat engine is designed for optimum durability in the face of the enormous loads that accompany its prodigious power. Its forged-steel crankshaft has induction-hardened bearing surfaces that contribute to its capacity to withstand firing pressures of 1,595 psi (110 bar) – the equivalent of five sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions.
Eight-speed Excellence Central to the car’s extraordinary performance is its new, segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. Its 7.03 ratio spreads enables the powerful HEMI Hellcat to operate in its most efficient mode, more frequently, while delivering 160-millisecond shifts and rev-matching for enhanced performance.
The TorqueFlite boasts maximum engine-torque capacity that is 30 percent greater than any eight-speed previously offered by Chrysler Group – the first auto maker to offer advanced eight-speed automatics in mainstream-brand vehicles. The HEMI Hellcat makes 650 lb.-ft. of torque.
To ensure the transmission’s responsiveness matches the demanding expectations of SRT customers, it features one additional pinion gear in each of the 1st and 3rd gear sets, and five more clutch-pack disks – two in clutch E and one each in clutches A, C and D.
Enhancing its handling capabilities are 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers – the largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle. Pirelli P Zero tires on 20 x 9.5-inch wide forged-aluminum wheels with Pirelli P Zero performance tires, and a three-mode adaptive damping suspension. New SRT Performance Pages allow drivers to tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction and suspension.
Not to be outdone by the engineers, Chrysler Group designers flexed their considerable creative muscles to match the car’s look with its dynamic feel. Designers re-sculpted and refined nearly every body panel with functional performance cues, including heat extractors in the hood, unique front and rear fascias and dramatic LED lighting in both front and rear.
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat also features a wide array of the latest high-tech features, including the new award-winning available Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access Services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, new 3-D navigation and the ability to turn the Charger into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
About Dodge Brand The Dodge brand is tearing into its centennial year as America’s mainstream performance brand, celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The consolidated Dodge and SRT brands will offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge will be the “mainstream performance” brand. SRT will be positioned as the “ultimate performance” halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.
From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand’s full lineup of 2015 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2015 model year, customers will be able to drive the new 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup also includes the 2015 Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, including the new Crossroad model, and Dodge Viper.
Chrysler Group’s Kokomo Transmission Plant Awarded Bronze Designation in World Class Manufacturing
- Becomes eighth North American Plant to earn bronze and highest ranking transmission plant
- Ranking rewards improvements in safety, quality and productivity
- WCM implementation has saved the Company more than $1 billion since June 2009
December 5, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Chrysler Group LLC’s Kokomo Transmission Plant (KTP) has been awarded bronze status for its results in implementing World Class Manufacturing (WCM). The Kokomo, Ind., transmission plant becomes Chrysler Group’s eighth North American facility to achieve the WCM award milestone and the Company’s highest ranking transmission plant.
KTP, which produces the new fuel-efficient eight- and nine-speed transmissions for various models in the Chrysler Group portfolio, received the bronze designation just over four years after adopting the WCM operating system following a two-day audit Dec. 4-5, 2014. Bronze is awarded after earning a minimum of 50 points in 10 technical and 10 managerial pillars by demonstrating clear WCM know-how and competence through employee-conducted pillar presentations and a review of projects that have been expanded across the shop floor. KTP earned a score of 51.
“KTP has gone through significant change since 2009 as it prepared to launch production of the all-new eight- and nine-speed transmissions. Through it all, the KTP employees remained focused on implementing World Class Manufacturing and have been acknowledged for those efforts today with the awarding of bronze,” said Brian Harlow, Vice President and Head of NAFTA Manufacturing, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are proud of the commitment demonstrated by our employees and the support received from the UAW, which has been critical in making Chrysler Group’s manufacturing facilities among the best in the world.”
World Class Manufacturing is a methodology that focuses on reducing waste, increasing productivity, and improving quality and safety in a systematic and organized way. WCM engages the workforce to provide and implement suggestions on how to improve their jobs and their plants. WCM was first implemented by Fiat in 2006 and introduced to Chrysler Group as part of the alliance between the two companies in June 2009. Since that time, the Company has saved more than $1 billion in controllable manufacturing costs as a result of the implementation of WCM.
During an audit, zero to five points are awarded for each of the 10 technical pillars, which include safety, workplace organization, logistics and the environment, and for each of the 10 managerial pillars such as management commitment, clarity of objectives, allocation of people, motivation of operators and commitment of the organization. A score of 100 would indicate World Class.
KTP has been the recipient of five investments over five years totaling over $1.5 billion for the production of the new transmissions. KTP began producing the eight-speed transmission in September 2012. In 2013, KTP produced nearly 300,000 eight-speeds. That number has more than doubled to nearly 700,000 in the first 11 months of 2014. Currently, the eight-speed transmission is available on the Jeep® Grand Cherokee, Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger, Dodge Durango and Ram 1500. The Company sold more than 800,000 of these models in the U.S. through November 2014.
In addition to KTP, six other facilities currently hold bronze awards – Toledo Assembly Complex (Ohio), Saltillo Truck Assembly Plant (Mex.), Dundee Engine Plant (Mich.), Trenton Engine Complex (Mich.), Warren Stamping (Mich.) and Indiana Transmission Plant II (Ind.), which just earned bronze in October. The Windsor Assembly Plant (Ont.), which was the first assembly plant to receive a bronze designation in 2012, was awarded silver in March 2014, making it Chrysler Group’s highest ranking plant in North America.
About Chrysler Group LLC Chrysler Group LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA), designs, engineers, manufactures, distributes and sells vehicles under the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT brands, and the SRT performance vehicle designation. The Company also distributes the Alfa Romeo 4C model and Mopar products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, FCA builds on Chrysler Group’s culture of innovation, first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925, and Fiat’s complementary technology that dates back to its founding in 1899.
FCA, the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total vehicle sales in 2013, is an international automotive group engaged in designing, engineering, manufacturing, distributing and selling vehicles and components and production systems. FCA is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “FCAU” and on the Mercato Telematico Azionario under the symbol “FCA.”