By on July 16, 2014

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If you squint really hard, you can almost make out the $59,900 figure next to the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s 707 horsepower figure.

Reddit users managed to save this image, which was apparently removed from AutoSpies.com. Our man Jack Baruth is en route to Portland to test drive the Hellcat, along with the rest of the 2015 Challenger lineup.

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87 Comments on “Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Pricing Leaked – $60k For 707 Horsepower...”


  • avatar

    I NEED A FRESH PAIR of UNDERWEAR…

  • avatar
    Hummer

    Sounds about right, I’m glad they didn’t try to pull a stunt practically every single manufacturer does – that is price it high just because of high HP. The cost to produce this engine was probably lower than most 30k its V8 or no sale.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Won’t let me edit and didn’t load my full comment.

      “The cost to produce this engine was probably lower than most 30k its V8 or no sale.”

      Should be –

      The cost to produce this engine was probably lower than most compact engines less than 2 liters. Likewise if I’m spending >30k on a new car it’s going to be a V8 or it’s no sale.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        Cost would be even lower if they would decide to use this 707 hp V8 in the Viper. The cost of Hellcat specific components would be further amortized.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          Put it in everything for all I care, Fiatsler can have the medal for most HP in all categories.

          Muscle Car
          Full size sedan (charger, 300)
          Crossover (Durango, JGC)
          Ram truck
          Minivan
          Euro sub-compact
          compact
          etc.

          • 0 avatar
            bills79jeep

            I’m sure it doesn’t make financial sense, but I’d love to see Mopar follow Nissan’s lead and put the same motor in all their vehicles. But, instead of the 3.5, make it the Hellcat. No matter what you’re buying, you get the Muliair 4 or option up to the Hellcat V8.

          • 0 avatar

            HUMMER

            The simple truth is that putting a HEMI in just about ANYTHING makes it better.

          • 0 avatar
            VoGo

            Hemi is the bacon of cars.

          • 0 avatar

            If a HEMI is “the bacon of cars”, then a SUPERCHARGED HEMI is like having extra bacon and an extra burger atop your bacon burger… and having that sandwich EVERY SINGLE DAY for the next 6 years/ 100,000 miles. (Smiles?)

            Burger King has two sandwiches that you might wanna check out.

            The TRIPLE WHOPPER with added bacon and the QUAD STACKER.

            Just don’t eat anything for the rest of the day and have plenty of water to dilute the salt you’re about to intake.

          • 0 avatar
            kvndoom

            FWD Hellcat Dart.

            S.E.X.

          • 0 avatar
            burgersandbeer

            “a SUPERCHARGED HEMI is like having extra bacon and an extra burger atop your bacon burger… and having that sandwich EVERY SINGLE DAY for the next 6 years/ 100,000 miles.”

            As much as I like burgers and beer, just thinking about this made me a little sick.

        • 0 avatar
          sirwired

          Viper sales are so low that putting this engine in every single Viper ain’t going to drive the price down a penny.

    • 0 avatar
      ellomdian

      Must. See. Crate. Price!

      I know a guy with a Duster that has a hole where this engine should be.

  • avatar

    My 300 SRT was $58,000 fully loaded (with a second set of wheels/tires).

    Considering the 2nd generarion 300 SRT isn’t going to be produced anymore, I’ve vowed to keep it and not to trade it in when they redesign the car to look like the 2015 Charger…

    …also not a fan of 2-door coupes beyond the CTS-V Coupe, Lamborghini Aventador or Veyron SS.

    …but if they do build a 300 HELLCAT…

    …the internet will never be able to silence me…

    Amazing that they didn’t let the price float closer to the $65,000-$70,000 JGCSRT.

    I love you M.O.P.A.R.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      I think that’s a really good price, and it’s easily the most accessible power in any factory-sanctioned car. That it costs less than a GC SRT is a testament to how much more valuable people see SUVs. Still, my guess is that, even *after* people see the insurance prices, Chrysler won’t be able to build these Hellcat Challengers quickly enough, at least not for a year or so. Like I said elsewhere, this is not a vehicle that I’d ever buy (don’t want it to be my casket), but I so, *so* love that it exists…

    • 0 avatar
      challenger2012

      Mr. BTRS I could not attached a comment to your post of,” a SUPERCHARGED HEMI is like having extra bacon and an extra burger atop your bacon burger… and having that sandwich EVERY SINGLE DAY for the next 6 years/ 100,000 miles.” The only thing that I could think to make your burger better would be if it were wrapped in bacon, twice, using thick sliced smoked hickory bacon.

    • 0 avatar
      olddavid

      Mr. BigTrucks, you would’ve gone crazy yesterday and today in the Rose Quarter in Portland. There must have been 100 Challengers of different stripes in two buildings and lots in the neighborhood. I stopped and looked them over before the official events began. Security was amazingly cooperative. I was surprised by the quality of these cars. I haven’t seriously looked at the product for many years.

      • 0 avatar
        olddavid

        As an addendum, I stopped this morning and looked at the beast of the Challenger press event and took a little more time. The packaging of the supercharger and related pieces is amazing, as it looks to take up only slightly more than the SRT version of the Hemi. I am probably a poor person to make a comparison, as the newest car in our fleet is 9 years old. Bearing that in mind, the interior is a very nice place – easily as good as any in the class, but my most direct recent drive was in a new CTS which also looked damn good to my clouded eyes. I couldn’t get my head to make me quit eyeing that engine, though. 707 horsepower. With a catalyst. And mufflers. And EPA and California compliant. Had you told me in the dark days of miles of vacuum hoses and carburetors that argued that in 2014 a Big 3 manufacturer would make a production car with 500hp, let alone 707, I would have tried to buy some of what I thought you were taking. The charcoal paint scheme on the first car looked nice and sinister, just the way this car should. I want to thank whoever was the generous soul who insta-qualified me as a potential at 6:20 a.m. and allowed me to park old paint next to their gleaming trio of pavement eaters. As I drove away in my LSC, I had to wonder what is yet to come? In 1998, my 285 V8 DOHC horses (chipped and modded to 340) were considered class average to higher than average. Today, we have turbo fours with more power and torque and with a factory warranty. My beautiful Lincoln kept its head up, but the Challengers didn’t even recognize the dual exhaust burble of a fellow RWD V8 car. Will these be the 425/426 or 450/454’s of 2030? I am a terrible prognosticator, but the horsepower wars of the late 60’s were abruptly terminated. I may just have to sell a house – these cars are that impressive and I still kick myself for not getting a 1970 Chevelle 454 cowl induction or a hemi Challenger of the first iteration. Has there ever been a time with more bang for the buck in performance cars? All of this without driving one. Oh well, when I get home, the wife will bring me back to reality with my own words – a declining value asset for how much? Maybe these cars will buck that trend. Aren’t used G8’s bringing high dollars? I’m already getting my lip loaded. Thanks again, Chrysler guys – you made my day.

  • avatar
    dwford

    Now, if we can get the Hellcat in the Charger as rumored…oh boy!

  • avatar

    I’d have bought it at $70k. At $60k, I’m definitely sold. Now to pick a color…

    Autospies has photos of other slides from that presentation that show that Chrysler is claiming 20 mpg for the Hellcat with the 8-speed automatic. That’s almost more remarkable than the price, if it holds up in the real world.

    • 0 avatar
      Kyree S. Williams

      Hopefully. It’s my experience that turbocharged engines are the ones that tend to have lowered fuel-economy ratings in real life because people don’t know how to drive them, but naturally-aspirated and supercharged engines seem to hit pretty close to manufacturer/EPA ratings.

  • avatar
    nine11c2

    where do deposits go?

  • avatar
    Numbers_Matching

    Any real reviews of this beast? Can it actually be driven on the street without being the subject of a ‘stupid drivers’ compilation on Spike TV?

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    At about $89/HP, it is a bargain from the muscle car perspective.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    I…WANT…ONE…NOW!

    This is going to be a future classic. It’s a fast car made faster. Plus it’s a timeless shape/design. Best part of all, they gave it some real gauges.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    This is an extremely fair price…on paper. Numbers on a piece of paper is one thing, the question is, does it perform, really perform. Can you get and keep that power to the ground without electronic nannies saving your butt every 20 seconds, and can it do more than burn the 1/4 mile.

    • 0 avatar
      challenger2012

      Mr. Frog I don’t run in the same circles as you , for 40K seems a lot to me. But if you need to be the fastest frog on the block, the only way is with HP, so if it takes 60K’s to do it, I will have to make due with my 372.

  • avatar
    Loser

    Next question, how much will the ADP sticker bring the price to.

  • avatar
    igve2shtz

    What is the likelihood that FCA starts voiding warranties on the Hellcat if they see it(or GPS tracke it) at a race track?

    They might not have in the past, but Dodge is currently under new management.

    BTW, I dislike most Chrysler products, but even I have to admit that this is car is awesome.

  • avatar
    carguy

    If the $59K version is well equipped then it really is a muscle car bargain. I would also venture that it will be a collectible item in the not too distant CAFE future.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    I guess we can consider this an apology for letting the Viper get so expensive!

  • avatar
    spreadsheet monkey

    Re: carguy’s post above, who cares about “well equipped”? Even if it’s a stripper (by 2014 standards) it’s still a bargain, and still collectible.

  • avatar
    Curt in WPG

    I figured I’d wreck one in about 11 seconds of driving. But I’d have one hell of a smile on my face doing it…

    Seriously though, if I ever managed to find the coin for this beast I’d be sure to take a high performance driving class or two first. My 283hp 200 or my 1968 Beaumont are not anywhere close to this performance wise.

    • 0 avatar

      You have a ’68 Beaumont? Very cool. It isn’t an SD396 is it? One of these days I’m going to do a write up on the ’68 Beaumont SD396 convertible that has been shown at a couple of local events.

      • 0 avatar
        Curt in WPG

        I wish I had an SD396! Mine is a Custom hardtop. Got it from my grandfather in 1986 when I was 17, had 38,000 miles on it. Replaced the 307 with a 350, did a few more mods but nothing silly (yet…) It’s currently parked at 72,000 awaiting a resto when I get the time when my kids are a little older. I figure I’ll have it going again by the time I’m 50 in 5 years :)

  • avatar
    Fred

    I have never seen a Challenger at a road race track. Why is that?

  • avatar
    csj

    That price…

    I don’t buy new cars, I don’t finance cars, I buy almost exclusively Japanese makes, I like flat-four turbos, all wheel drive, wagon bodies, etc., but I would go into debt for this car.

    If that’s the price, and this car can live up to the hype, they hit it out of the park.

  • avatar

    It’s interesting that Chrysler has priced the Hellcat significantly less than the $75K that GM wants for the Camaro Z/28. There seems to be a trend at GM to overprice some of their cars: The new CTS is priced the same as its German competitors when undercutting those prices seems to be a good way to gain market share, the ELR is insanely overpriced and the performance Camaros aren’t the best bang for the buck.

    • 0 avatar
      Mandalorian

      GM is on a pricing upswing lately. Because their quality has improved a bit from Cavalier standards, now they think they’re Rolls Royce.

      • 0 avatar
        VoGo

        Ronnie,
        You’re right about Cadillac. In this week’s rant, the autoextremist makes the point that Cadillac copied BMW’s pricing approach for the ATS and CTS. The problem is that Cadillac resale values aren’t nearly as strong as BMW’s, so they can’t compete on leasing prices, which are a huge consideration in this segment.

        Cadillac, like a lot of luxury wanna-be’s, is stuck. They know they need to continue to invest to keep pace with the leaders, but they don’t yet have the sales volume to justify that investment. Painful.

    • 0 avatar
      heavy handle

      Nobody ever pays list on a GM.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      “It’s interesting that Chrysler has priced the Hellcat significantly less than the $75K that GM wants for the Camaro Z/28.”

      Two different cars. Two different missions. Two different equipment levels. I’m not saying that the Z-28 is priced “right” but the car comes with a dry sump oil system, carbon ceramic brakes, spool valve dampers, and (for all intents and purposes) racing tires–305s on each corner no less.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    Annnnd, instant collectible.

  • avatar
    johnhowington

    have no fear, the dealer markup will exceed the PT Cruiser frenzy of 2001.

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      I definately remember no such thing, a PT cruiser frenzy? Lol?

      • 0 avatar
        APaGttH

        There was. When the first PT Cruisers came up ADM was insane. Ditto when the Miata first hit. Those two vehicles launched at similar times and both fueled a widespread realization that, ‘hey, we can tack on ADM to almost anything that is perceived new and different and stick it to the early adopters.’

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          Well dang, didnt realize they actually attracted many people to stores.

          • 0 avatar
            SC5door

            There were people waiting in line to test drive them and put money down to buy. It was a huge hit at the time.

          • 0 avatar
            sirwired

            I think the exterior styling, with that retro 30’s look, attracted a lot of people to look at the PT cruiser. However, I, for the life of me, cannot figure out why people did not run screaming as soon as they checked out the interior, which was rather cheap and horrible-looking.

        • 0 avatar
          bills79jeep

          I went and saw a Ford GT at a local dealer when they got one in. If I remember correctly, MSRP was $150k, with an additional $100k dealer markup. I’ve always wondered what it ended up selling for.

          • 0 avatar
            VenomV12

            My neighbor got a Ford GT when it was new, he actually had to outbid a popular entertainer for it. If I recall correctly he told me he ended up paying about $212,000 for it or so.

          • 0 avatar
            Bill Wade

            Interesting. My Ford dealer had two and sold them at MSRP.

    • 0 avatar
      kmoney

      Yeah. I know I’m going to get a laugh when Canadian pricing gets announced. Tacking dealer markup onto the typical 15-25% nominal price increase over US pricing and I bet these will be $80-90K when they finally hit dealerships here.

  • avatar
    Pinzgauer

    At that price, its going to be mighty tempting to park one in my garage next to the Boss 302.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    I just stood up and sang America the Beautiful in my office. 707hp. Awesome.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    ‘Murica!

  • avatar
    Hummer

    I wish they would simultaneously come out with a new 7-8 speed manual. From the sound of it this car is heaven with the 8-auto.
    And since its embarrassing to be seen in an automatic muscle/sports car, and I’m not sure a 6 speed would cut it, it would be nice to have another option.

    But honestly I shouldn’t nitpick a near perfect machine.

  • avatar
    Johnny Canada

    About the only thing that could screw this up is the Dealerships. Let’s hope Chrysler does not allow aggressive “markups” that could permanently damage the Hellcat launch. Unfortunately, the Dealer Principals are probably salivating over the chance to gouge the public on this one.

  • avatar
    Xeranar

    I appreciate the conspicuous consumption of a car this powerful but I’m guessing maybe 2500 units moved a year. I mean they basically take nothing to make since you’ll produce the entire line in a day or two of production and just reap the profits but I’m not seeing this revolutionizing the market.

    What will be fun is seeing hellcats wrecked and turned into hot rods as Principal Dan mentioned previously.

  • avatar

    Cool and maybe does have the potential to be a classic, but if this car doesn’t have serious suspension bits at least…The burger comparison is very apt. As much as I love a triple whopper, to have one every day…Much like this car. Doesn’t matter with any number between 500 and a 1000. Much like the burger, a bit much for everyday. Some sophistication would be welcome. Jack has certainly nailed what I think of lots of cars in the past. Let’s see what he has to say. Or this WILL go down in history as the triple whopper of cars. Yes, fun, but only for limited amounts of time.

  • avatar
    beefmalone

    Good luck buying one for anywhere near that price. My local dealer told me everyone is already fighting for allocations and they’re taking bids for sticker plus $xxxxx. At $59,900 they could get me for one, but I can’t make myself pay the dealer an extra $15-20k pure profit.

    • 0 avatar
      Xeranar

      I never quite got this argument as if I can wait 6 months to a year for a Hellcat I could buy it at the MSRP. Only the first allocations are going to go for stupid dealer prices and while I appreciate the power of the market and conspicuous consumption for those willing to pay it it just never made a rational notion of sense.

  • avatar
    Hemi

    Wow not bad for $60k!!! I’m sure there will be insane markups, hopefully I can buy it used and be able to afford an unmolested stock car. Imagine if they make a Hellcat Charger!!! A factory 10 sec car with a full warranty!

    I saw a video on YouTube and the induction noise/whine is crazy!

  • avatar
    billfrombuckhead

    The Hellcat has already crushed the TRDbaru FDS and hasn’t even hit showrooms.

    Mopar Uber Alles indeed!

  • avatar
    Flipper35

    I know a guy in Texas that is involved in testing the prototypes. He was very impressed with its manners on the road course, but they are still heavy. This would be a great motor in the RWD Avenger/’Cuda that is rumored.


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