Saturday, August 2, 2014

Test drive: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Justin Bell gets behind the wheel of a game changer, the one and only 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

The Hellcat already boasts an impressive resume, with a National Hot Rod Association-certified quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.2 seconds at 125 miles per hour (with drag radials, the run dropped to just 10.8 seconds at 126 mph) The vehicle's top speed is 199 miles per hour. At 707 peak horsepower, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful American production car — ever. At a starting price of $60,990 (including destination charge) the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat offers one horsepower for every $86.27 dollars.

The Hellcat is the first Dodge to feature two keys — a red and a black version. The red key unleashes all 707 horsepower and every one of the Hellcat’s numerous performance settings for suspension, steering and traction control. The black key limits peak power to “just” 500 while keeping engine rpm below 4000 and the transmission out of first gear.

The new gearbox, 8HP90 (rather than the 8HP70) is "upgraded to handle the extra power and torque," says Dan Reid, SRT's manager of product design and motorsports.

This thing looks to be an absolute monster.