Oh please, another Challenger that looks the same? No honey, this pony packs 707hp ready to blow the doors off your little sportscar.
This ladies and Gentlemen is the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and it’s a daemon in beast clothing, because wolf is too mainstream. The boys at Dodge were hard at work to make something that performs just as seriously as it looks, and boy does it look good and performs even better.
Dodge decided to use the 6.2 Liter supercharged Hemi V-8 engine to tackle the challengers out there, hence the 2015 Shelby GT 500 and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 by way of 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque which is enough to rip the rubber off your rims in a couple of minutes. That is exactly 45hp more than the 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, 127hp more than the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 67hp more than the Dodge Viper’s V10 engine.
This formula that comes in the form of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat produces pure muscle car sounds that are so raw and loud you wouldn’t be able to stop smiling. And to be honest we saw this big fast muscle car coming ahead of time, because Americans can’t stop competing when it comes to the (biggest-better) mentality.
What makes this engine so special is the way it sucks air, with an IHI supercharger unit under the aluminum intake plenum that was inspired by the 1970’s aftermarket intakes. Speaking of air, Dodge decided to make the headlights hollow (drivers side headlight only) in the middle to increase air intake capacity, which is needed to maintain that 11.6 psi boost pressure, while compression ratio drops to 9.5:1 from 10.9:1. The aluminum cylinder heads are heat treated to make them durable during constant pressure, but also costly to manufacture as well which means this kitty is not just another body kit one-trick pony.
Dodge also made sure they can contain all that power by mounting a forged steel crankshaft coupled with an induction-hardened rod, a tuned damper and main journals. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets forged connecting rods with upgraded bushings and carbon coated wrist pins to support the forged alloy pistons. All mumbo jumbo to your ears, but the butter here is that this thing is proper fast!
Something quite surprising, and also un-neccesary was Dodge’s decision to add two key fobs for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, one which restricts output, and limits revs to 4,000 rpms and locks out the first gear, while also maintaining the ESC to full-on mode. The black key also disables the paddle shifters, the launch-control mode and drive-mode functions, all of which is ideal for valet parking to turn this hellcat into a prius.
The red key unleashes all 707 horse-power and then some, for you to enjoy a fully immersive visceral experience that can be explained with two word Kitty- giggles.