2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Reviewed


On Art of Gears, we have talked extensively about the latest Hellcat series from Dodge.  We’re so excited about the latest Challenger and Charger, that we think it’s the next halo car.  The Dodge Viper once had that crown, but the Challenger and Charger make 707 horsepower accessible to a larger audience.  

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Not only are both cars more practical than the Viper, it also has 67 more horsepower than the base Viper.  Yes, the Dodge “halo car” Viper has only 640 horsepower.  Sure, the Viper can out-handle both cars on the race track, but the Challenger and Charger can give the driver equal, or even more thrill to the driving experience while bringing passengers along for the ride.

The somewhat hilarious part about all of this power is, it still gets 22 miles per gallon on the highway through a Torque-Flite 8-speed automatic transmission.

AutoGuide took the car for a run to see how well the latest Challenger Hellcat drives.

[Video via AutoGuide, YouTube]

The front lip spoiler, huge brakes, massive tires, and the head scoop give the Challenger SRT Hellcat an aggressive look with plenty of road presence.  The most amazing aspects of the Hellcat series comes from the numbers.  It has 707 horsepower, 650 lb.-ft. of torque through a 6.2 liter supercharged V8.  It has an EPA rated 13 mpg city, 22 mpg on the highway.  With the meaty rear tires, it can do 0-60 times in the low 3-second range.  All of that can be had for at a base price of $63,875.

If that kind of power seems intimidating, there are settings on the car that can be changed.  Horsepower can be dropped from 707 to 500.  Settings of the suspension and traction control are also adjustable.

Hmm.  If a driver were to drop the horsepower to 500, could the car achieve even better gas mileage?

Nevermind, it doesn’t matter.  I want all 707.