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One Spec says it all: 707 Stock Horsepower

Updated September 20, 2015

If you are a muscle car fan then you’ve heard the news: the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is over the top wild.  It boasts 707 real-from-the-factory horsepower and completes the quarter-mile in just 11.2 seconds!  This makes it not only the most powerful muscle car ever built, but the fastest too.  The reason, of course, is a whopper of an engine; a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V-8 fire-breathing monster.  By the way, the decision to use a supercharger instead of a turbocharger is because the engineers at Dodge didn’t want any turbo-lag issues, plus it sounds real cool.  That’s right, the engine sound is really cool.  Superchargers sound great; almost animalistic and angry.

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A key change to this latest Challenger, besides the Hellcat’s wicked powerplant, is an optional new 8-speed automatic transmission. The shorter first few gear ratios allow for a 0.5 second drop in 0-60 mph times, and on a racetrack, it’s highly intuitive when selecting the correct gear for a specific corner. This new tranny leads to improved fuel efficiency in all models, too. Pretty cool stuff.

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Chuck Patterson Dodge tells us The SRT Hellcat starts at $59,995 – and that includes gas-guzzler tax. Reviewers have commented that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets some 9.5 mpg real world gas mileage. Yes, 9.5.  Nevertheless it’s an absolute riot, and very drivable when not being driven heavy and ponderous with the right foot. The power steering is a touch overboosted and light (despite the Hellcat receiving hydraulic rather than electric steering) so there is a minimum of road feel.

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Braking for the 2015 Dodge Challenger  SRT Hellcat with its 36mm six-piston Brembo aluminum calipers, is incredible. The shocks are well tuned so that there’s not a lot of pitch and dive front to back, meaning the platform stays relatively flat. As you turn the vehicle, you begin to notice the weight and the sizable degree of inherent roll, but it does so evenly front to back giving you a sense of confidence. As you’d expect with such a front engine car, the limiting factor is understeer, and it requires some patience to allow the car to rotate around sufficiently before getting back on the gas pedal.

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For those that want to let someone else drive the car, such as “the kids”, it arrives with two keys – a black one that limits power to a measly 500 hp and a red one that unleashes all 707hp.

In summary, the new Challenger is exactly what a muscle car should be. But is it the new king of the hill, the best of the best? Well, that’s a subjective call but you can say one thing; It’s probably the most authentic muscle car on the market – like a ’71 HEMI ‘Cuda for those who didn’t live through those days. Here’s your chance. If you missed the first muscle car era, here’s your opportunity to get in on this one.”

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