Even for the most cynical, hipster-of-cardom types, it’s nigh impossible to dislike the Challenger Hellcat. Prefer your 700+ hp cars with four doors? No problem, Charger Hellcat has you covered. They’re straight-line ballistic missiles that can take corners surprisingly well. This week, we received amazing news: the Jeep Grand Cherokee will be getting the Hellcat treatment. To try and contain our excitement, we’ve put together a list of other FCA rides we (desperately) hope will eventually have a 707 hp edition.
1. Dodge Dart
If there’s one car on earth primed for the nuclear weapon (aka 6.2L supercharged V8), it’s the Dart. Made by Dodge? Check. Available AWD to handle stupid amounts of power? Check. Mind-blowing power-to-weight ratio as a result? Check. True, Dodge would have to perform some black magic to shoehorn in the HEMI A-bomb, but what a machine it would be. Devastating power in a car that weighs barely more than 3,000 lbs. That’s a recipe for supercar crushing muscle if we ever heard one. A few journalists have wondered out-loud what the Dart would be like with more oomph. This would be one incredible way of finding out.
Is it even possible to fit the Hellcat’s V8 in a Fiat 500? Probably not. But knowing the madness that is Abarth, we’re convinced they could find a way. And if they did, the smallest Fiat would very quickly become one of the highest power-to-weight vehicles currently in production. The torque steer would be shocking, the brakes would need to be the size of frying pans and we have some fairly serious concerns about the stability of a mouse at 200+ mph. All of which are non-issues. Some things just need to happen, and a Hellcat Fiat 500 is most certainly one of them.
Good luck trying to convince us you wouldn’t buy one of these. What’s the only way to make a more epic car than a hamster with 70o+ hp? Make it a minivan. Late to soccer practice? That’s for the other kids, because mom and dad have an ICBM that can seat seven and all their gear. Just visualize grandma’s van lowering the boom on the neighbor’s new 911 Turbo. An SUV that can light up virtually any other car is enticing. But it’s nothing compared to the enjoyment of pulling the same in a Town & Country. All while the kids comfortably watch Spongebob in the back.
This one might actually be within the bounds of reality. Not only would the V8 fit in the engine bay, but Dodge has a history of making absurdly fast pickups. Case in point: the Ram SRT-10. If cramming a 10L V-10 into a Ram somehow seemed logical, then a supercharged V8 should be a lock. Plus the pitch would be remarkably easy for dealerships. Oh, so you’re in the delivery business and need a more effective way of getting quickly from A to B? Do we have the truck for you…
In the fine tradition of saving the best for last, we present the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see this Italian? Keeping it family-friendly, we’ll just go with “shocking beautiful.” Far as we’re concerned, this is easily the best looking sedan in production, possibly ever. Out of the box it makes 505 hp and 0-60 in 3.8 seconds. Perfectly respectable numbers, but with a little help from Detroit, they could become downright diabolical. So you’d have a car gorgeous enough to cause accidents and a 700 hp V8 under the hood. Mama mia!