Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: Meet America's Next Top Muscle Car

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
dodge challenger srt hellcat meet americas next top muscle car

Mopar fans, this is the one you’ve been waiting for. Dodge has officially announced the 6.2L Supercharged SRT Hellcat Challenger with “more than 600 horsepower”. Now that the Shelby GT500 is gone, this is officially America’s most powerful muscle car.

While Dodge announced a whole new Challenger lineup at this year’s New York Auto Show, the Hellcat was notably absent – perhaps due to the reorganization of FCA’s brands, and the suspicion surrounding the Hellcat’s place in either the SRT or Dodge brand.

But now that SRT is no longer a standalone brand, the Hellcat remains a dodge, and the 6.4L Supercharged engine will make its way into other SRT vehicles. The Challenger Hellcat will get a choice of either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic, and buyers will get two key fobs. A red one unlocks full power, while a black one limits the engine’s power, while also allowing for a valet mode to disable launch control, lock out first gear and impose a lower redline.

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  • Burgersandbeer Burgersandbeer on May 21, 2014

    Too big, too heavy, too ostentatious. I'm starting to really like it though. RWD, manual transmission, great sounding V8, excellent interior (2015) that can even carry people and luggage, and a quiet cruiser. They even have a brown interior now! Do you have to spring for the Hellcat to get the brown seats? My practical side will likely win, but Dodge is doing everything in their power to tempt me with the Challenger.

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    • Burgersandbeer Burgersandbeer on May 22, 2014

      @nrd515 Brown for the interior, as pictured in this story. Definitely not for the exterior on a Challenger (or most any car).

  • Luvmyv8 Luvmyv8 on May 21, 2014

    This is cool and all, but having the Charger with this and a manual transmission..... now that thought makes me giddy.

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