You really won’t find too many people out there who would say that the Challenger Hellcat could do with a little more power. If you do, then you’re probably standing in the loony bin. Get out, quick. The sane lot amongst us would argue that 707bhp is more than enough. However, it appears that the next generation model set for launch in 2019 could have as much as 750bhp. That is a whopping 43bhp more than the current tyre-shredder makes. 

There are no technical details as of yet, but the rumours doing the rounds suggest the new 6.2-litre Hellcat V8 engine will be far more potent than the current motor. Whether it will stick to a large supercharger or switch to a pair of turbos is not yet known. What we do know is that all variants of the new Challenger will ride on an evolved rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Hmm, Italian genes in an American muscle car? This could be something really special. It will be lighter than the current generation and a tad smaller too and hopefully that will mean chucking it around will be far easier as right now, you’d want a massive open space for any other sort of shenanigans other than doing large burnouts. But since that is what we enjoy doing most with the current car, we’re hoping Dodge will add some sort of line-lock feature to hold the front brakes and let the rear wheels spin – without fading the rear brakes. Dodge will also still offer six- and ‘regular’ eight-cylinder engines for those who are still too scared to drive the Hellcat and we might also be seeing the addition of a tiny four-pot too. Since its rivals the Mustang and Camaro already have four bangers, Dodge will almost definitely follow suit.

We can also expect a convertible but not for the Challenger – for the resurrection of the legendary Barracuda if the rumours are to be believed. Plymouth had the nameplate and the car became an icon during the Sixties and Seventies but we’ll have to get used to calling it the Dodge ‘Cuda if it actually comes into fruition…