By on August 13, 2014

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Days before the massive Woodward Dream Cruise and just a few feet off of the famous cruising strip itself, Dodge dropped the other shoe and revealed the Challenger Hellcat’s more practical four door sibling, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, also equipped with the supercharged Hellcat HEMI V8 that is rated at 707 horsepower. With a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, a quarter mile ET of 11.0 seconds and a top speed of 204 miles per hour, the Charger Hellcat is, without any asterisks or caveats, the fastest sedan in the world. The phrase “redefines practicality” was jokingly tossed around and it’s possible that the Charger Hellcat will outsell the Challenger Hellcat because it can be rationalized as a family car. After all, it does have four doors and seats five.

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While no pricing was announced, you can expect it to be somewhere in the same ballpark as the Challenger. The new Charger gets an upgraded butter-soft Napa leather interior and some aero tricks making it more slippery than the Challenger by 12%.  Concerning the Challenger, it was stressed that the rumors that Chrysler will be limiting the Challegner to just 1,200 units are absolutely not true and that it would be silly to make such a desirable car and then not sell them to everyone who wants them. As with the Challenger, this American muscle car is assembled in Canada, with an engine built in Saltillo,Mexico. While Chrysler doesn’t use the one-man-one-engine build process in a dedicated performance engine facility like GM has done with it’s high performance members of the LS V8 engine family, or a dedicated assembly line like Ford uses for their supercharged Coyote motors, since over 80% of the parts for the Hellcat are unique and not shared with other HEMIs initial assembly is done on a spur line, with the Hellcat V8’s joining their less powerful brandmates on Saltillo’s regular assembly line to add the final bits.

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When the Challenger was introduced, some commented on the fact that a Supercharged badge was the only indication, at least in terms of graphics, that it is a Hellcat. That was apparently because they hadn’t finished making the Hellcat character badges that will grace the fenders of both the Challenger and Charger Hellcats. Chrysler understands the evergreen value of a good brand character, cf. Road Runner and Super Bee.

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The Hellcat name was actually an internal product code for the engine but the marketing team decided that it fit the cars so well that they decided to use it as a brand name, in part because of its association with the World War II era Grumman Hellcat fighter plane, which was also supercharged, one of the last high performance piston powered aircraft. Not surprisingly, they didn’t mention that the Hellcat was also the name of a WWII era armored vehicle, the M18 Hellcat tank destroyer, as that was designed by General Motors and built by Buick.

The full press release is below and I hope to get video of the reveal and car posted later. Chrysler produced video of the reveal and press Q&As can be seen here.

New 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is The Quickest, Fastest and Most Powerful Sedan in The World
 

With 707 horsepower, an NHRA-certified quarter mile elapsed time of 11.0 seconds on street tires and a top speed of 204 miles per hour, the world’s only four-door muscle car is the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan ever
  • Supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat engine produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful V-8 Chrysler Group LLC has ever produced
  • Unrivaled four-door performance includes quarter mile elapsed time in 11.0 seconds on street tires, 0-100-0 mph in under 13 seconds and a top speed of 204 miles per hour (mph)
  • Dodge and SRT designers re-sculpt and refined nearly every body panel with functional performance cues, including heat extractors in the hood, unique front and rear fascias and dramatic LED lighting in both front and rear
  • Segment-first TorqueFlite heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission capable of delivering fuel-efficient street driving and maximum performance track driving with 160 millisecond shifts with rev-matching
  • New performance attributes include the largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle – 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers, 20 x 9.5-inch wide forged aluminum wheels with Pirelli P Zero performance tires, adaptive damping three-mode suspension and three-mode, heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission
  • New SRT Performance Pages allow drivers to tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction and suspension
  • Two key fobs – one black and one red. The red fob unlocks all 707 horsepower
  • New interior design elements, including SRT three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel, 7-inch reconfigurable digital gauge cluster, 8.4-inch touchscreen, Nappa leather and Alcantara suede seating, premium materials and a choice of four new trim and color combinations
  • Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat features a slew of the latest high-tech features, including the new award-winning available Uconnect Access system, Uconnect Access Services with roadside assistance, theft-alarm notification, voice texting, new 3-D navigation and the ability to turn the Charger into a Wi-Fi hotspot

August 13, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Dodge is upping its high-performance game again with the unveiling of the new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.The new Charger SRT Hellcat will feature the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque – making it the quickest, fastest, most powerful production sedan in the world, as well as the most capable and technologically advanced four-door muscle car in America.“For the last eight years, a large part of the Dodge Charger’s successful formula has been its many personalities. It’s a muscle car, a performance sedan, a family capable sedan; its success is that it can be any or all of those things, depending on how the customer chooses to equip their car,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO — Dodge and SRT Brands. “And now, with a NHRA-certified quarter mile time of 11.0 seconds and a 204 mph top speed, the new 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat redefines itself again, as the quickest, fastest, most powerful sedan in the world!”The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant. Production is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2015.

Awe-inspiring powertrain; largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle

The new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is powered by the new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine. Its 707 horsepower matches the highest rating of any V-8 engine in Chrysler Group’s celebrated history – that of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

The all-new supercharged V-8 engine is mated to the beefy new TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission.

This new Hellcat engine is Dodge and SRT’s first application of V-8 supercharger technology, featuring a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces. The result is a crank so well-engineered it can withstand firing pressures of 110 bar (1,595 psi) – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. And its unique, specially tuned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm.

High-strength, forged-alloy pistons, developed using advanced telemetry measurement, are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like-carbon-coated piston pins.

The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 has premium-grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, which are optimized for superior thermal conductivity. And its die-cast aluminum rocker covers are HEMI Orange.

Standard on the Charger SRT Hellcat is the largest front-brake package ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle, which were first introduced on the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, featuring all-new 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers for outstanding heat management and thermal capacity and longevity.

The unrivaled four-door performance numbers tell an impressive story with the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds, 0-100-0 mph in under 13 seconds, and a top speed of 204 mile per hour (mph).

All-new Drive Modes tailor the driving experience to each individual driver

Whether its on-road or on-track, Charger SRT Hellcat owners can personalize their drive experience, via the all-new Drive Modes feature. Drive Modes tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction and suspension. Drive Modes are pre-configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while the Custom setting lets the driver customize the drive experience to their favorite settings.

  • Custom — Allows the driver to personalize the vehicle’s performance
  • Sport — Delivers increased vehicle performance capability over the Default Mode
  • Track — Delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces
  • Default — Activates automatically when starting the vehicle
  • Eco — Maximizes fuel economy with a revised shift schedule, pedal map and second-gear starts

The Drive Modes feature is controlled through the Uconnect system and may be accessed by performing any of the following:

  • Pushing the SRT button on the instrument panel switch bank
  • Selecting “Drive Modes” from the “SRT & Apps” menu
  • Selecting “Drive Modes” from within the Performance Pages menu

Unlocking the power

The all-new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat comes standard with two key fobs – red and black. The red key fob is the only key that can unlock the full horsepower and torque potential of the SRT Hellcat engine; while the black key fob limits the driver to a reduced engine output.

When Valet Mode is activated, the following vehicle configurations are enabled:

  • Engine is remapped to significantly reduce horsepower and torque; limited to 4,000 rpm
  • Transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than normal
  • Transmission will treat the manual shifter position the same as the drive position
  • Traction, steering and suspension are set to their “Street” settings
  • Steering-wheel paddle shifters are disabled
  • Drive Mode functions are disabled
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) is enabled to Full-on
  • Launch Control is disabled

The driver can activate and deactivate Valet Mode with a four-digit PIN code they create.

Sinister, functional exterior design

Inspired by its performance-enthusiast roots when Charger first launched more than 45 years ago, the new Charger successfully pays homage to past muscle cars while offering distinctly modern all-new exterior and interior appointments.

The Dodge and SRT design team builds upon the 2015 Dodge Charger’s new modern four-door fastback coupe’s already iconic exterior styling by adding a sinister-looking, unique front fascia, hood, rear fascia and spoiler.

The new exterior of the 2015 Dodge Charger is spiritually inspired by the iconic second-generation Charger from the late 1960s, and for 2015, specifically draws its cues from the 1969 model. With its rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform and proven power, the Charger’s modern take on old-school muscle is sure to resonate with today’s enthusiasts.

Up front, the Charger SRT Hellcat receives the larger, power-bulge aluminum hood, which features a dedicated “cold-air” intake – a visual styling cue from the first Viper coupe built in 1996 – and dual air extractors to ensure effective removal of heat and reduced air turbulence in the engine compartment.

The redesigned front fascia and grille use unique, blacked out upper and lower textures to produce the menacing look that is sure to make onlookers notice the ultimate performance sedan.

An integrated front splitter optimizes airflow to the cooling modules without compromising vehicle balance.

Filling the wheel wells are “Slingshot” split-seven spoke 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels with either standard Matte Black or available Brass Monkey/dark bronze finishes.

Two new 275/40ZR20 Pirelli P Zero tires provide performance for all seasons. Both Pirelli P Zero Nero and P Zero tires are Y-Plus rated to handle the extreme speeds the Charger SRT Hellcat is capable of producing.

At the rear, a single piece decked spoiler is painted in body color while the unique fascia and valence showcase the 4-inch round exhaust tips.

The Dodge Charger SRT’s signature “racetrack” LED tail lamps take on the same continuous glowing ribbon of light that debuted on the new 2014 Dodge Durango.

The center high-mounted stop lamp is relocated from the top of the deck lid to the roofline inside the back glass, allowing centering of the Charger SRT’s backup camera.

The rear styling makeover begins at the touchdown point of the C-pillar, which is moved rearward to create an even more pronounced fastback appearance combined with a shorter rear overhang.

High-performance driver-oriented interior   

The 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat’s restyled driver-focused interior features premium, soft-touch materials, a new 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable digital instrument gauge cluster and a new instrument panel center stack with the latest generation 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen media center.

New for 2015, drivers can select one of the many offered backgrounds to connect the digital look and feel with their chosen interior package. In addition, the Charger SRT Hellcat comes standard with a premium 900 watt, 18-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system.

An all-new and class-exclusive electronic shifter with an all-new driver-oriented T-handle provides the driver with intuitive gear selection and offers an Auto Stick selector gate for added control.

A redesigned SRT-branded heated steering wheel features a flat bottom and thick rim for the high-performance driver. Standard paddle shifters are located on the back of the upper spokes. The buttons to control the driver-configurable, full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) display are large and illuminated. Buttons for Uconnect and phone access now reside along the bottom edge of the horizontal spokes. Optional adaptive cruise control is configured by buttons that are symmetrically opposite on the right-hand side of the wheel. As before, the highly praised audio controls are still found on the back of the upper spokes. This new power tilt-telescoping steering wheel also has a 360-degree heat element.

The new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat features redesigned seats with improved cushioning and more comfortable contours. For improved comfort and convenience, the SRT Hellcat includes standard heated and ventilated front high-performance seats and heated rear seats.

Charger continues to grow its market share

The 2015 Dodge Charger competes in the U.S. full-size car market, but stands alone in a class by itself as the only American-bred four-door muscle car. In March of 2014, the Dodge brand reached a significant milestone, with Challenger and Charger sales combining to sell a total of more than 1 million units in the United States.

The Charger’s combination of aggressive and youthful image, full-size functionality and world-class engineering and quality resonates with young and affluent buyers. Charger’s purchasers on average are 15 years younger than its competitors’ buyers within the segment, with more than half identifying themselves as millennials or Generation Xers.

The Charger’s appeal is attracting a high number of conquest buyers, helping drive a 62 percent increase in sales since 2009 – double the growth of the standard full-size car segment. In 2013, Charger posted its best sales year since 2007, further fueling a 3.2 percentage point gain in market share since 2009.

Ronnie Schreiber edits Cars In Depth, a realistic perspective on cars & car culture and the original 3D car site. If you found this post worthwhile, you can get a parallax view at Cars In Depth. If the 3D thing freaks you out, don’t worry, all the photo and video players in use at the site have mono options. Thanks for reading – RJS
 

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117 Comments on “Just Off Woodward, Chrysler Reveals the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, “The Ultimate Practical Vehicle”....”


  • avatar
    matador

    A Hellcat as practical?

    That was funny!

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    The Charger is nice, especially if ordered in State Trooper black. Even I brake for them, and I’m a slow driver!
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    Note to self: If I ever become a Valet and get a Hellcat, try “1234” as a PIN code.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    What the faq, why did they DART the front end? Make your most powerful sedan’s front end look just like your… least powerful sedan.

    But the poor people can rejoice! There’s a car that looks just like their base model which has the most HP! They can put a poster of it next to their faded old Galant posters.

    And the interior still looks rubbish.

    • 0 avatar
      thalter

      My thoughts exactly. They may have been shooting for menacing on the front end, but they hit econobox (DART) instead.

      • 0 avatar
        Meko_Suko

        Wow. You quite honestly do not understand the concept of a Halo car.

        Perhaps you save your comments for another blog where a more novice readership won’t catch your noobishness.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          I understand a halo *note lowercase, Mr. Pro* gets the styling first, which then filters down to the -lower- cars in the portfolio. The Dart had this styling already, there’s nothing new or “halo” about it!

    • 0 avatar

      Why wouldn’t you want your least powerful car to share some styling themes with other cars in your lineup? That’s going to be the corporate grille for the Dodge brand and will be a brand identifier as much as their full width taillights are. As more new Chargers hit the streets, people will come to regard it as the Dodge front end, the same as we do with other brands with coherent brand identifying styling like BMW’s and Audis. The A3 has the same grille, more or less, as the A7 and Q5. In person the Chagers’s fascia’s much more aggressive than even the Dart GT/Rallye front end. This will not be mistaken for a Dart.

      As for the interior, I just took some quick photos, but I work with leather in my day job and they’re using very high quality leather. They said it was Napa grade and I have no reason to disbelieve them. Every company specs their leather differently, but the Charger Hellcat’s upholstery, at least in this preproduction example, wouldn’t be out of place in an $80,000 car.

      • 0 avatar
        SC5door

        Well as you know saying “rubbish” without sitting it in qualifies as fact. Yea, enough with the Clarkson crap.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          You may note I said “looks.” This is when I use my eyes and make a judgment. If I sat in it, I might revise it to say “looks and feels,” or perhaps just “feels.” And since when was “looks” a factual statement?

          Never.

      • 0 avatar
        Monty

        It’s beautiful in white (and I assume will look even better in black) and bears a resemblance to the other cars in the line-up. It should. Why wouldn’t you want all that glorious halo to filter down to the lower decks?

        Chrysler has mined some very serious mojo in the last half-decade; this will add to it, as it will bring even more people into dealerships., leaving with a Dart or Avenger or V6 Charger, but isn’t that the point?

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      Yeah, who would buy a BMW 7 Series when they share a similar design elements with the 3 Series?

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      Whining about the interior of a 707hp, $60k car. Time to turn in your man and enthusiast cards. The doorman will see you over to Bed Bath and Beyond.

      Seriously, 707hp? It could come with an upside down 5-gallon bucket to sit on and a rope to hang onto and I’d be interested.

    • 0 avatar
      cpthaddock

      To me it looks more like they finally finished the restyle they started 4-ish years ago. The current Charger always looked as if they started at the back and ran out of money by the time they reached the A pillar, promising but incomplete.

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      Why focus on the front end and interior, Corey?

      After all, the only view of this car you’re going to get from that wimpy Infiniti of yours is the taillights.

    • 0 avatar
      akatsuki

      Front end looks a million times better than the current Charger, if not quite as good as the Challenger.

    • 0 avatar
      VenomV12

      Actually I was getting food yesterday and there was a new Chrysler 200 sitting on the road alongside me and I thought man, this thing really looks like a Dodge Intrepid from the side, which is kind of what this car looks like too.

    • 0 avatar
      Sam P

      We’ve been over this before, Corey. You drive an older Infiniti and therefore have no standing from which to complain about a “rubbish” interior.

      Maybe if you had an Audi A6 or a bigger Lexus, your complaints about interior quality could be taken seriously.

      • 0 avatar
        CoreyDL

        It’s 5 years old – newer than that BMW on your picture. My prior car was a GS430, and before that I had an A8L.

        Anything else? You’re nearly on freedmike and ponchoman level.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      I’m anything but a fan of the Dart (though I like many Mopar vehicles) but I think that – for whatever odd (or not so odd) reason – this front end looks WAY better than the standard Charger front end.

  • avatar
    86er

    The valet mode limits power to 300hp, or at least that’s what the rep. who visited Jay Leno with one said.

  • avatar
    darkwing

    300 extra hp, and it’s no faster off the line than a 400 hp Audi. Meh.

  • avatar
    RobertRyan

    Looks like a red Holden Commodore
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/image/4040906-3×2-940×627.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      CRConrad

      Two things:

      1) The multiplication signs in your URL need to be replaced by ordinary lower-case letters x.

      2) Yeah, looks exactly like that, except for not looking very much like that at all.

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        A lot worse than even the basic Holden Commodore , my point. This looks cheap, and unfinished for a 200mph performance machine. Looks like someone’s backyard special

        • 0 avatar
          CRConrad

          Your point is mistaken. The Holden looks a lot cheaper and uglier than the Dodge.

          • 0 avatar
            RobertRyan

            No, I mentioned as others have it is a cheap looking car they could have done a lot better with aesthetics and knowing Chrysler products build quality. Although Sergio has improved quality since Fiat too over, but still not brilliant

  • avatar
    redliner

    Ohh nice one Dodge, now do the the Jeep Renegade Hellcat!

    Does this mean that the SRT will be renamed “Hellkitty”?

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    It’s great all that power, but how well is it used?

    How does this vehicle navigate around a race track?

    After a first quick glance it appeared relatively pleasing to the eye. Then after studying it’s lines for a few seconds more, it becomes uglier. The front end is very Asian and it roof line is quite disturbing to look at.

    It just doesn’t flow. This is no artistic endeavor. Looks like a Dollar Store $hitter. Cheap, even cheaper than a Tremor pickup.

    Gawdy is a simple way to describe this vehicle.

    • 0 avatar

      I am in no way a Hemi/Mopar/Hellcat defender, but you have to understand the clientele for this car. A lot of them are fine with bragging rights…with simply being the production sedan with the most horsepower. It doesn’t matter if that horsepower is usable in anything other than a straight line, and quite frankly most high-powered cars can’t have *half* of their ability exploited on public roads. And while it doesn’t look as world-class as an Alpina B7 or an S65 AMG, it’s styled very well and is a highly-sophisticated machine. My one complaint with the car’s appearance is that giant black mustache over the lower intake. If the stylists only covered that full area with the mesh texture and then blocked off the section where the mustache is, it would look so much better. Also, they *could* throw in some turn indicators on the mirrors (throughout the whole of the Charger lineup)…but that’s not really a styling thing.

      I think most of your complaints have more to do with your personal opinion and preferences (which I respect) than a blatant tastelessness that we can mostly all agree on (like the Aztec). This just isn’t the car for you.

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @Kyree
        I’m sorry I just think this vehicle initially looks fine’ish, but then become more unappealing the longer you look at it. It looks cheap, nasty and distasteful.

        As for the power, I have nothing against performance cars, but my view of performance also include curves and turning the steering wheel left and right.

        Just having bragging rights for the most’est horsepower is not what really turns me on.

        • 0 avatar
          Brian P

          All it means is that this car is not for you. It’s not for me, either. I don’t want a daily-driver to be this big and heavy, nor as thirsty as this surely will be, nor as brash and in-your-face. I don’t give a darn about horsepower bragging rights.

          I know a couple of people who will likely be all over this, and that’s fine for them. I’m sure it will be a fine car.

          • 0 avatar

            “It’s not for me, either. I don’t want a daily-driver to be this big and heavy”

            Again, nothing against this car, but I’ve gotten to the point at which I really like small(er) cars and am not interested in daily-driving anything larger than a Regal or S60…unless it’s a 2014 Bentley Mulsanne with Mulliner Specification (and I wouldn’t daily-drive a Bentley, because it’s vulgar). So I probably wouldn’t go for this either.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Finally, someone gets the point I was trying to make before being doused in “noob” and etc Haterade(R).

        • 0 avatar
          heavy handle

          Al,

          Don’t make the mistake of thinking that this Charger handles as poorly as a 1970’s Charger. It’s based on a Mercedes platform, and it’s not all that bad for its size.

          • 0 avatar
            danio3834

            Having had several of these late LX based cars in my posession, and having driven large performance sedans from other makes, they do handle well for a large car. You can’t compare them to a Miata or even a Mustang.

            While the high end Holden based sedans can to pull off .02g more on the skid pad than the regular SRT Charger, the cars brake and slalom equally. The SRTs are much faster accelerating.

            The Hellcat will certainly best the regular SRT car’s handling numbers. So with the extra power, it will absolutely destroy any GM/Holden effort on any track, even the supercharged HSV as the Hellcat puts out an extra 120hp and 100 lb-ft of torque. GMs cancelling those cars anyway, so not like it’ll even matter shortly.

    • 0 avatar
      mikeg216

      And a holden hsv use looks sleek and sophisticated in comparison?

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        @mkeg216
        I actually think the 6.2 supercharged HSV will have this for breakfast on the road.

        Check out the supercharged HSV suspension and down force characteristics and the technology employed to give it down force.

        There is more than just ‘cubes’ in making a fine motor car.

        This might beat it in a straight line, but hey, if that is what you want then so be it.

        From a styling perspective I do think the Holden is quite more appealing and less damaging to your eyesight.

        A cut and paste on the handling of the HSV

        HANDLING

        Both of these cars can easily handle the daily grind or a race track. The HSV GTS rides on suspension technology shared with Ferrari; tiny magnetic particles adjust the amount of damping in milliseconds. The result is the most comfortable HSV to date despite riding on massive 20-inch wheels and tyres. The press of a button makes it switch from being suited to track work or city cruising.

        The Mercedes-Benz is just as comfortable and adjustable but without as many gadgets. The slightly lighter and lower body of the E63 means it doesn’t lean as much in corners as does the big Commodore. The Mercedes just feels lower and more agile.

        The biggest surprise, however, was the difference in braking performance. The HSV GTS has the biggest brakes ever fitted to an Australian production car (390mm discs up front, clamped by six-piston calipers, just in case such detail comes in handy on a trivia night) and they feel utterly superb.

        The brakes, sourced from AP Racing but wearing a HSV label, have a level of precision that makes the mighty GTS feel as lithe as one of those tiny hand-built club cars with frames that appear to be made out of old tube steel offcuts.

        The Benz has smaller brakes (360mm discs and six-piston calipers up front) but has slightly less weight to pull up. As hard as this is to believe, however, especially for Euro-philes, the Benz brakes feel quite basic in comparison, lacking the bite and precision of millimetre perfect adjustment of the HSV.

        Here’s the link;
        http://www.carsguide.com.au/car-reviews/hsv-gts-v-mercedes-e63-s-amg-12527#.U-vTLbvn_IU

      • 0 avatar
        RobertRyan

        @mikeg216
        Agree with Big Al from Oz, it looks cheap and nasty. I very much doubt it goes around corners al that well

        • 0 avatar
          Drzhivago138

          >Implying we have any corners here in ‘Murica

          We rent out land 8-1/2 miles away from our house and only need to turn once to get there.

        • 0 avatar

          The Chrysler 300S I drove last year handled just fine. Are any of the cars on the same platform (Challenger, 300) track cars? No, but having driven a Jaguar XF Supercharged pretty much back to back with a 300C, I’d say that the Charger can probably go around corners on public roads just fine. Jonny Lieberman and Matt Farah recently described the Challenger Hellcat as a GT, a grand touring car.

    • 0 avatar
      Meko_Suko

      “How does this vehicle navigate around a race track?”

      Did you fall off the turnip truck last night?

      TTAC should require people pass an IQ test before they can comment on the board.

    • 0 avatar
      George B

      Big Al, the Hellcat Charger primarily exists to help Chrysler sell more cars. The target audience puts more value on the bragging rights of straight line acceleration, something that can be duplicated anyone on rural roads in America, than on race track performance. It’s the car that the owner of this Ram Cummins diesel pickup wants.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0ok-zYNJoA

      The Hellcat helps Chrysler sell more lower trim Hemi Chargers and other cars. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Hellcat ends up in the Ram pickup too.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      If it can’t stick a “30 MPH” marked curve at 90, who cares? I’ve done it, it’s a little overrated. I’d rather have the power with a blip of the pedal to go around it sideways doing 50! That’s a party!!!

  • avatar
    brianyates

    Put so eloquently Big Al. I agree, how will it go round corners? Let’s face it, is there a need for all that horsepower on N.A. roads?

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      I don’t remember this much hand ringing and sniveling when the S63 AMG or Mclaren P1 or name-your-uber-car was mentioned. Yet here we are. Too much American Awesomeness for your pants-wetters?

      • 0 avatar
        petezeiss

        The car guys of Togoland join our house Aussies in their sadly obvious jealousy of the Hellcat and the Americans who will get to own one.

        Or they will once they learn of it.

    • 0 avatar
      Meko_Suko

      American highways. The most widely raced roads in the world.

      America is huge. Connected my a common highway system that includes extremely long straights.

      Most commutes have few corners worthy of what an M3 offers.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        I seem to remember a “common highway system that includes extremely long straights” in Germany too…

        There are PLENTY of roads in the U.S. of A that you could carve up with an M3.

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    PenguinBoy

    “With a 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, a quarter mile ET of 11.0 seconds and a top speed of 204 miles per hour, the Charger Hellcat is, without any asterisks or caveats, the fastest sedan in the world.”

    Those are some pretty serious bragging rights. I wonder how long before the Germans come up with some sort of crazy super sedan in response to this?

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      Stunning numbers. Has anybody seen a test where they’re actually running 200+?
      Does this rig stay on the road aerodynamically?

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      >> . I wonder how long before the Germans come up with some sort of crazy super sedan in response to this?

      The Saleen Tesla is coming soon and might be close to or faster than 3.7 seconds 0 to 60. Not sure about the 204 mph top speed though.

      As far as the Germans go – I wonder if the 918 drivetrain technology could be fitted into a sedan? A little bit of “electric nitrous” could work wonders in an Audi sedan.

    • 0 avatar
      dswilly

      In most cases I know of the Germans put speed limiters on their cars at about 150 MPH from the factory, for good reason. It can be removed by the owner for track, whatever. It takes a lot of road to go 200 mph…and shut it down. I’m guessing youtube will light up pretty quickly with examples of big motor + big ego + crappy driving skills = Hellcat meets ditch, oak tree, median and unfortunately other motorists.

  • avatar
    matador

    If your Dodge Dart looks like this for at least 3 hours, you might want to call a mechanic.

    Just sayin’

  • avatar
    Volt 230

    When gas starts going way up again due to all the problems around the middle east, then all these Dodge 700 hp “muscle cars” and the Ram Power truck will be sitting on dealers’ lots for months and months and no takers and they still don’t have a small car to sell.

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      A) they have a Dart, and B) no one in their right mind is buying these Hellcats to commute a significant distance daily. These are likely to be hobby cars, or fair-weather-drive-three-miles-to-work cars. These aren’t “oh, I’ve got to commute 40 miles round-trip in Albany, I’ll buy a Hellcat” cars. If you can spend $60k (+ ADM) on one of these 2-ton pieces of awesome, you can afford a little more at the pump or to have a nice efficient commuter (like a Cummins Ram 2500).

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      On the challenger article it was stated engineers were getting in the 20s, this being more aerodynamic should be all over that if not slightly higher.

      20mpg isn’t going to scare the most frugal of car shoppers from what I’ve found. That’s stellar for a car making 700+HP.

      • 0 avatar
        Brian P

        With the 8-speed tranny and modern engine controls (hopefully disabling the supercharger when the driver is not asking for it), it likely won’t do too badly on fuel … as long as the driver stays mostly off the skinny pedal.

        Friend of mine has a previous-gen 300C SRT8 with the 5-speed automatic. It uses 11 – 12 L/100 km in highway driving. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the Hellcat could do a little better, due to the 8-speed.

        Of course, if you start using those 700 horses, all bets are off.

      • 0 avatar

        20 mpg was the figure that the Chrysler folks said they were aiming for and the sounded fairly confident.

      • 0 avatar
        Volt 230

        I saw the Leno video in which the Dodge guy said that the 20 mpg on highway and being kind on the accelerator. I suspect most drivers will get less than 15 mpg

    • 0 avatar
      Zykotec

      Well, then us Scandinavians (especially the Swedes) will happily come over and ‘help you get rid of them’ and then sell them back to you in perfectly restored condition 30 years later :)

      • 0 avatar
        SweDane

        @ Zykotec

        I sincerely doubt thst there will be anybody left in Sweden with the required skills 30yrs forward.
        The current political climate in SE only entice IS members and their followers.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Are these cars relevant to anyone other than aftermarket tuners who might be put out of business because of them?

    • 0 avatar
      S2k Chris

      I see a fair number of Charger and Challenger and GC SRT8s, plus a bunch of CTS-Vs, SHOs, etc, here in Chicagoland. Is it not impossible to think people might step up from those and buy a Hellcat? Also, pretty sure this isn’t planned to be a mass-volume model….

      Again, do people ask these stupid questions about _63 and _65 AMG Mercedes and BMW M5s and M6s and Audi S/RS models?

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    Way to go Dodge. Everyone thought it would be Cadillac, but lowly Dodge is now competing with the Aston Martin Rapide, Masarati Quattroporte and Bentley Continental.

    They may not win the competition, but they qualified for the race with this beast.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    As cool as the Hellcat is, I bet a more basic Hemi Charger is also a far nicer piece with all the upgrades and revisions too.

    And that’s the point of the exercise – selling the cheaper models.

  • avatar
    vvk

    Talk about doing something right…

  • avatar
    cargogh

    Wow. A four door Dodge that can crack 200mph. I looked through the pictures and was equally pleased with how good the seats appeared and how tight the door lines were. I guess that is the same Tor-red paint used on my 70-yr-old cousin’s ’08 Challenger, which is always garaged and immaculate. Last month I thought she had replaced it with a new one. It is aging well. She and her husband were car shopping and it was “the most beautiful red I’d ever seen, so I got it.” I have to agree it is striking. While expecting comments of the usual It’s not German, It won’t handle, and Bad design, I’m surprised at comments saying it looks cheap. I see nothing cheap.

  • avatar
    balreadysaid

    Sorry I tried. I really tried to find a picture that made it look good from one angle. The very side shot with no hint of rear or front is the only picture that makes it look OK. The nose is not mean or HELLCATISH. The rear is the same I have been looking at all over town for the last ??? I wanted to like this, I am not seeing it. I personally think that with some straighter lines in the nose and tail, would enhance the look to fit the name and purpose much better!
    I wanted to add that even though it has all the HP you could beg for; The car doesnt look good. Plain and simple if you really plan on buying one to drag race. Plan on racing against something that looks BETTER!

  • avatar
    peeryog

    Its not the unqualified fastest 4 door sedan . The Brabus 850 with over 800hp and a top speed of 217 is, faster. That’s just to name one. There is always going to be someone faster. But for the price that’s pretty amazing.

    Completely separate , a lot of the drag strips in the country require a complete roll cage if you bring more than 650hp to the track. Bit of a bummer.

    • 0 avatar
      sportsuburbangt

      Just use the non-red key and your all set.

    • 0 avatar
      johnny_5.0

      Switzer will build you a 1,000 hp GTR. Hennessey will build you a 1,000 hp Escalade. Both are completely irrelevant when manufacturers are making performance claims. Here’s a hint, tuners don’t count.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      “Completely separate , a lot of the drag strips in the country require a complete roll cage if you bring more than 650hp to the track. Bit of a bummer.”

      Under which sanctioning body? The IHRA and NHRA tracks I frequent will let factory cars ’08 and newer run down to 9.99 @135 mph without a cage or roll bar.

      • 0 avatar
        peeryog

        Nope you’re absolutely right. Its not so much the horsepower than the speed. 2008 or newer can run 10.00 without a bar, older than that 11.5 or less requires a bar. Since this is an 83 (i.e older than 2008) it seems 650 is the magic number that dumps it below the 11.5. I wasn’t really thinking.

  • avatar
    koshchei

    Incredibly impressive! I can’t wait to read the reviews!

  • avatar
    sportsuburbangt

    This is amazing! Over 700 HP in a car that can hold a couple of car seats, has a useful trunk, breaks 20 MPG, and has a real warranty. This is an amazing ride. We are probably at or close to the pinnacle of the golden era of the HP wars. Enjoy it everyone, this will not last forever.

    Personally I’m loving every minute of this craziness. This is probably the best bang for the buck ever produced. I cannot afford 60k for a hot-rod, but I can appreciate a amazing value when I see one.

  • avatar
    johnny_5.0

    I wouldn’t be that surprised if this comes out closer to $70K. The Challenger is price constrained by the Camaro and Mustang, in all trims not just Hellcat. That competition is the only reason they gave us such a relatively good deal on the Scat Pack as well. The “lowly” CST Vsport starts at $60K. The CTS-V will probably be at least another 10 grand. There’s still a big gap to the luxo rockets like the M5/E63, so even at 68 large with a lot of standard equipment they can make this seem like a value play.

    • 0 avatar
      mikeg216

      The coupe is 56 why would this be more?

      • 0 avatar
        johnny_5.0

        First of all, the Challenger is $59,900 not $56,000. Second, did you even read the reasons above? Challenger pricing has a ceiling from the ZL-1 and retiring GT500. There is far less competition in NA in the full size super-sedan space. Literally the only option from the big 3 is the CTS-V which hasn’t even been replaced yet. Then there’s a huge gap up to M5/E63 pricing. They can charge over $60K for this because it would still be a relative bargain for the performance. Even a ’14 Charger SRT is four grand more than a ’14 Challenger SRT. Again…competition. That Charger is really only competing with a limited production SS with equivalent pricing.

  • avatar
    VenomV12

    It is impressive, but it is freaking ugly. I love the Challenger Hellcat, this, not so much. Maybe it’s just the color.

    • 0 avatar
      johnny_5.0

      The white one they used in the press pics looks marginally better from some angles, but it’s still not a looker. I think homely would be putting it nicely. Don’t get me wrong, I’d still love to own one. But the design doesn’t look cohesive. You go from a wild hood to blandmobile when looking straight on from the headlights down. The Hellcat Challenger is brutish but beautiful to me. This is not-quite-good-looking in a somewhat similar fashion to the new WRX in my eyes. I don’t think the WRX is ugly, but it sure as hell isn’t lovely to look at.

      • 0 avatar
        johnny_5.0

        And for anyone that wants a ton of best-case pics, netcarshow is a good resource as usual. I looked at all 139, from some angles it mostly works.

        http://www.netcarshow.com/dodge/2015-charger_srt_hellcat/

  • avatar
    IronEagle

    Brilliant job by Dodge. What an amazing machine. A true dream car that is a great value. Even a ScatPack Challenger or Charger would be an amazing vehicle to drive.

    I still feel it is too bad they had to sullen the Charger and its bad boy outlaw image by selling them as police vehicles. Just as the last Impala in any trim shouts “county PD” to me, this and the previous generation Charger just bring to my mind “State Trooper”.

    The Charger Pursuit should have been named Fury and had a different front and rear clip or at least different lights and bumper covers.

  • avatar
    Noble713

    What an awesome machine. I’d still prefer an HSV GTS (because RHD), but I love that Chrysler is bringing out some phenomenal machines to compete with GM and the Germans. Now if only we could get Ford to make a lightweight RWD sedan based on a Mustang chassis…

  • avatar
    Jerome10

    Good God. Unbelievable.

    Can we please get unlimited sections on the Interstate Highway System? Otherwise this car and others like it are just too much too fast to enjoy in the USA.

  • avatar
    Zombo

    Practical ? Let me tell you all a story about a 2006 Toyota Tacoma extra cab 48K miles (mine) whose Dana (US built) frame rusted out badly . My new private mechanic Scotty G. Auto MD (he is great) said the two holes in the frame (diagnosed two months earlier as minor by a Toyota dealership) were horrendous rust for a 7.5 year old truck and to get Toyota to handle it or trade it away . The first problem was the clutch slave cylinder rusting and the clutch sinking to the floor and staying there , then it just froze and wouldn’t move at all . After that the master cylinder went ,probably should have them both changed at the same time , but the rust seemed to indicate slave cylinder only as that was rusted out very badly .

    At first Toyota corporate said sorry too bad – a three year warranty on the frame is it and no replacement plan put in for that model year at this time . So I e-mailed the president of Toyota of North America (Jim_Lentz@Toyota.com) and his awesome assistant Nikki made an appointment for a corporate rep to inspect the frame which was judged to be too dangerous to drive , so now I have a free loaner F150 double cab from Enterprise . Kudos to Toyota for stepping up and standing behind their product ! Toyota is going to replace the frame , springs , brake lines ,etc , but I’ll have to pay for shocks and any exhaust parts it may need . Love that F150 though , it’s going to be hard to return it , and Nikki please marry me ! I am Groot , come and get your love !

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwKHrBQjzbE


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