Chevrolet has used the SS nameplate for the Impala on a few occasions. The first time around, the Super Sport from the 1960s topped 425 horsepower from a 7.0-liter engine fed by a four-barrel carburetor. Three decades later, the golden bowtie treated us to a sleeper sedan with fuel injection for the LT1 small-block V8 related to the Corvette.
The automotive industry is rapidly moving toward a new era of downsizing and hybridizing conventional internal combustion engines or replacing such units with all-electric alternatives. Mazda, on the other hand, has been determined to prolong the life of ICE-powered cars by developing new technologies that make them more efficient.
Called Hellcrate Redeye in this form, the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 is rated at 807 horsepower and 717 lb.-ft. of torque on 91-octane pump gas. Compared to the stock Hellcrate engine, the Redeye has a larger supercharger (2.7-liters), increased boost pressure, and a higher rpm limit (6,500) – full list of differences listed in the press release section below.