2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Chrysler has just unveiled the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. If you look to purchase one of these then you had better get plastic to cover those seats, because with 707 horsepower on tap you may make the little ones loose their lunch.
Similar to the Challenger SRT Hellcat, a large supercharged V8 engine provides a lot of power. Yet, it is able to be civil when driving on city roads. What this means is you can take a comfortable family road trip and when that RV slows everyone down you’ll be able to pass them quickly and easily.
The styling of the 2015 Chargers have been reworked. From the side and back they look very similar to the outgoing cars (with the addition of a more pronounced spoiler and air outlets in the body of the Hellcat), but the front facia has gone through a nose job. The grille is now blacked out and the headlights integrate better into its lines.
In the Hellcat the hood features a noticeable scoop as well as air outlets to help cool the engine. The front facia has been worked to allow as much air as possible into the massive supercharger, which gives it a more menacing appearance.
The interior styling has gone with a more retro feel over the outgoing model. The quality of the materials used is very good and would feel at home in most luxury sedans. It keeps from having that cheap plasticky feel that you might find in lower end cars. Yet, it feels much like a sporty car, until you look back to see the crumb crunchers.
The engine is the heart of this vehicle and what a heart. The supercharged 6.2-liter V8 HEMI outputs 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque (as with the Challenger Hellcat, the car comes with two keys and only the red key allows for the full power output). That is good enought to go from 0-60 mph in a scant 3.7 seconds and you can keep going all the way up to 204 mph.
The family cruiser muscle car is able to run the quarter mile in just 13 seconds on street tires and that goes down to 11 seconds on drag slicks. So, if you have ever wanted to take the family and drive on the drag strip this is a perfect car.
Of course with all that power you want to be able to stop quickly. A large set of Brembo brakes do the job nicely and a performance suspension system help keep you on the track in the bends.
Pricing has not yet been announced, but expect for this fire berating beast to start at around $70,000.
If you are looking to have your spouse hit you and say “slow down” while driving the family around, then this is your car. If it is like the Challenger SRT Hellcat, then it should be civil in traffic, but if you step hard on the gas watch out. It very well may provide the most automotive fun in a family sedan.