Dodge Challenger Hellcat Against the World: How It Stacks Up
As echoed by the rest of the Internet over the past few weeks, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one helluva car. Fitted with Chrysler’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8, Dodge’s flagship muscle car churns out enough juice to not only become the most powerful Dodge ever made, but also – as Chrysler claims – the most powerful muscle car in the world. That’s a big statement, and one it’ll need to back up if the Hellcat name is to remain talked about in hushed whispers. So let’s see how the new boy stacks up against some of the world’s other high-powered top dogs.
Chrysler could have easily rested on the latest SRT Viper’s laurels. But it didn’t, and we’re quite happy. The Challenger Hellcat offers up a whopping 707-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque from its blown 6.2-liter V8, putting it in a category more frequented by racecars than production road cars.
The transformation wasn’t simply ‘drop a big engine in’ either. A bigger clutch was added, Brembo brakes fitted, and an almost-straight pipe exhaust bolted on. It ain’t just a Challenger anymore. UPDATE: The Hellcat will retail for $59,900.
RELATED: See More Photos of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Chevy’s self-proclaimed C7 ‘supercar’ recently held the crown as America’s most talked about muscle machine, until it was nabbed by the Hellcat of course. Chevy has yet to fill-in the blanks on some of the Z06’s spec list – price and weight being the most prominent – but from what we know, it’s still a jackhammer. Both cars will hit 60 mph from a standstill in around the same time, but the Z06 with its sticky Michelin rubber, limited-slip diff, and magnetic ride control should rule the track…in the turns at least.
RELATED: See More Photos of the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
No, it’s not a muscle car in the historical sense – more of an Le Mans GTLM-class car for the road – but when you pull 707 hp from a Challenger, everything is fair game. Weighing in at a scant 3,362 lb., it’s significantly lighter than what we expect the Hellcat to be. Boasting a 730-hp V12, it’s more powerful than the Hellcat. Basically, it’s better than the Hellcat. Chrysler pricing info has leaked on its halo Challenger, and it’s safe to say its $59,900 price tag is significantly less than the six-digit F12.
RELATED: See More Photos of the 2014 Ferrari F12Berlinetta
This could be the precursor to a very odd, yet very intriguing drag race. In base trim, the Aventador LP700-4 outputs less power than the Hellcat, a quicker 0-60mph time, and a ‘wow we need to test this now’ quarter mile time of 10.7 seconds to the Hellcat’s 10.85 seconds. Dodge vs. Lamborghini— imagine those bragging rights.
RELATED: See More photos of the Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4
The 2015 Challenger Hellcat comes with two key fobs; a black one to tap into 500hp, and a red one to unleash the engine’s full potential. Given that the Hellcat was born to dethrone this car, the almightiest of Ford Mustangs, you best have that red key handy. The Dodge will edge the ‘Stang on the drag strip, considering there’s simply more power to go around, and given only a $5,000 price gap between the two, the relatively low-priced Hellcat should be the one to buy.
RELATED: See More Photos of the 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
So when it comes down to it the question remains — which one would you choose?