2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat First Look
It's official: The glorious excess of the 707-hp Challenger SRT Hellcat is spreading across the showroom floor to the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Producing 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat is a monstrous sedan that makes abundantly clear that a couple of Dodge's brand values are power and loads of visual attitude. The 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat, Dodge claims, is the quickest, fastest, and most powerful sedan in the world.
Already, we've not only driven but also track-tested the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat's sibling, the Challenger SRT Hellcat. With that 4449-pound coupe's 707-hp monster under the hood and an eight-speed automatic, 0-60 mph came and went in 3.7 seconds, onto a quarter mile time of 11.7 seconds at 125.4 mph. That time reflects launching the Challenger SRT Hellcat on asphalt, and without the help of all-wheel drive -- the optional six-speed manual might help produce quicker times. That manual gearbox, by the way, won't be available with the Charger SRT Hellcat. With the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat sedan, just like the Challenger SRT Hellcat, moving rapidly is just part of the picture. The Charger SRT Hellcat is Dodge's rolling burnout machine, and now with additional space thanks to the extra two rear doors.
The last high-performance Chargers we tested were 2012 SRT8 models (a regular and Super Bee model) with a five-speed automatic and the 470-hp 6.4-liter V-8 engine. That combination led to 4.3-4.4-second 0-60 mph times, with identical 12.8-second quarter mile times, at 111.5 mph for the regular Charger SRT8 and 112.6 mph for the Super Bee. Dodge claims the Charger SRT Hellcat will hit 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, onto the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds, though we're curious to see how it performs with our test team. Oh, and the top speed on the Charger SRT Hellcat is an astounding 204 mph.
"This is a car that doesn't have a business case for it," joked Dodge brand president and CEO Tim Kuniskis, at the car's Woodward Dream Cruise launch event. " No customer has ever asked us to build [this car]. But sometimes you need to disregard the data."
A 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8 carried a base price of $48,380, including the $1000 gas guzzler tax and destination -- cut $3000 for the Super Bee model. Expect a base price of around $63,000 for the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, which comes with 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers in front and 20 x 9.5-inch wide forged wheels and Pirelli P Zero tires.
A three-mode adaptive suspension joins a great feature also on the Challenger version -- the so-called SRT Performance Pages with customizable settings for the suspension, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, and even horsepower. As with the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Charger SRT Hellcat will be offered with black and red key fobs -- the red one will unleash all 707 horses. In Valet Mode, the car limits horsepower and torque to 4000 rpm, disable the paddle shifters, and treats the manual shifter position the same as the drive position. The Launch Control feature isn't made available and, as you'd expect, the stability control is enalbed to full-on. To deactivate Valet Mode, the driver enters a four-digit PIN code they create.
Visually, the car has plenty of get-outta-my-way appeal. The 20-inch wheels are offered in two finishes, and it's tough not to notice the power-bulge aluminum hood with dual air extractors. Four-inch round exhaust tips are part of the package, as is a deck spoiler and the center high-mounted stop lamp relocated from the bottom to the top of the rear windshield.
Inside, the mood is as upscale as it gets for the Charger, with a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, the 7-inch digital gauge cluster spreading its way through Chrysler brands, an 8.4-inch touch screen, Nappa leather with Alcantara suede inserts, and your choice of four trim/color combinations. The seats have been redesigned, and feature heated and cooled functions, while the rear seats are heated as well.
The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat goes on sale in the first quarter of 2015.
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