You know that Dodge Charger Hellcat parading around as the fastest production sedan in the world? Well, it has an older brother that boasts to be the world’s fastest production muscle car. Gentlemen, I introduce you to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Similar to its Charger sibling, the performance-tuned Challenger Hellcat packs a 6.4-liter ‘Hellcat’ HEMI V8 engine that pumps out 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft. of torque, making it the “most powerful muscle car” ever made. Now this may be hard to believe, but it surpasses the venomous Viper SRT by 60 hp and 50 lb-ft. Even the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 doesn’t a hold a candle to those figures.
All that power is sent to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, allowing this American sports car to run the quarter mile in a blistering 11.2 seconds at speeds of 125 mph (201 km/h). Stopping power is provided by 390 mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers.
“It wasn’t long ago that a 10-second car, was a full-on race car,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT Brands. “The new 2015 Dodge Challenger raises the bar to a level some of us never thought we’d see.”
In addition to its massive engine, the high-powered muscle car is distinguished from the lesser Challengers by an aggressive body kit featuring a Viper-esque hood scoop, a larger front splitter and rear spoiler, and an exclusive “Air Catcher inlet port which feeds ram-air directly into the engine air box through the driver-side parking lamp.” It rolls on 20-inch lightweight forged-aluminum wheels with a matte black finish.
Unique touches inside include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, sport seats covered in Nappa leather and Alcantara; retro-inspired, red-faced gauges; a 7-inch driver information display in the instrument cluster, and ‘Dark Engine Turn’ aluminum trim.
707 horsepower is a lot of power that, in the wrong hands, could lead to catastrophe. To help prevent any accidents, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat comes with a red and a black key fob: The former grants the holder access to all 707 horses, while latter limits output to a more manageable 500 hp. This beast should only be driven by responsible men.