Yesterday, Mopar fanatics collectively rejoiced as a report broke stating a Chrysler 300 Hellcat was on its way for late 2018. Today, said fans will sigh in glum fashion. Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles confirmed with Motor Authority that there are no plans for a Chrysler 300 Hellcat.
The FCA spokesperson offered no other insight into the decision, nor clarified if a car like the rumored Chrysler 300 Hellcat was ever even on the table. Simply, they denounced the original report and clarified there will be no supercharged Hemi V8 engine heading under the hood of Chrysler’s luxury sedan. Bummer.
Instead, we expect a new four-cylinder engine to join the Chrysler 300 in the near future as the only additional powertrain option. It’s not much of a consolation prize, but that’s life sometimes.
However, it seemed like an interesting proposition from the beginning. The Chrysler 300 SRT8 received the hook in 2013 on American shores, likely to provide breathing room for the inbound slew of Dodge Hellcats to come. Jeep also sells the Grand Cherokee SRT and recently revealed the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, too.
Despite the idea of a Chrysler 300 Hellcat dead on arrival, the sedan will receive significant updates in 2019. It’s expected to continue riding on the LX platform and engineers are reportedly working to shave weight and improve fuel economy.