Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles has a thing for horsepower, and we’re certainly not complaining. First came the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, then the Charger Hellcat. The duo would be followed up by the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, and finally, as the icing on FCA’s power-obsessed dessert, the Dodge Challenger Demon debuted.
That gives us four 700-plus horsepower vehicles from one single automaker. So, what’s next? Chrysler may be on deck, according to Automotive News. Specifically, the Chrysler 300 is tipped to receive its own Hellcat variant by the end of 2018. We’ve spied such a prototype, too. This past May, a Chrysler 300 was spied wearing drag radials and pre-production wheels. The set of rubber looked awfully similar to the Nitto drag radials found on the Dodge Challenger Demon.
Then, we also speculated such a Chrysler 300 prototype could also use the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk’s all-wheel-drive system to differentiate itself from its platform-sharing cousins, the Charger and Challenger Hellcats. Jeep engineers were concerned with the gobs of power flowing to all four wheels in the Trackhawk, so it modified the AWD system to include a full-time active transfer case with forged steel chain sprockets and a wider chain.