By on May 20, 2014

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Supercharged

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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67 Comments on “Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: Meet America’s Next Top Muscle Car...”


  • avatar
    JohnnyFirebird

    The Challenger is the most desirable car (to me) on the market. If Dodge leased in Quebec I’d be really, really tempted by an R/T… they have a manual one at the Lasalle Dodge dealership by my house too. This would be overkill, though. “Only” 345 horsepower would suit my granny driving fine.

    • 0 avatar

      Only thing I like about the Challenger is the optional manual – which they didn’t offer on the Charger or 300.

      The HELLCAT is awesome, but most Jeep buyers in my club are switching to TWIN TURBOS instead of superchargers. We have a guy named CHRISTIAN HULL (on Facebook) from twin turbo creations doing our work.

      I prefer the sound of the Supercharger to the sound of the Twin Turbos.

      I’m GLAD Chrysler won’t build a supercharged 300. That means that:

      #1 Mine is now a collector’s item – and I haven’t seen a single one like mine in my state yet. I’ve only seen two to date: a WHITE and a SILVER.

      #2 If I make mine into a monster, I’ll be able to win car shows and dyno shows with ease.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        Superchargers are good from a packaging standpoint despite the power penalty and depending on the rotor design they can meet or beat the thermal efficiency of a centrifugal blower. I’ve also noticed on most aftermarket setups they offer more usable power.

      • 0 avatar
        gtrslngr

        BT – So hows y’all liking yer Mercedes Benz in Yank Tank disguise ? Treating you well ? Or is it doing the typical Dodge/Chrysler “Lost in Translation” thing like the previous as well as the new JEEP Grand Cherokee has been doing ? Amazing how Chrysler and what is now FCA can ___ up a perfectly good Mercedes !

        Phew ! Now I feel better . This morning having been a bit disconcerting

        • 0 avatar

          #1 I’m not a southerner, nor am I white so DROP the “hillbilly” lingo.

          #2 I don’t really care who developed what in my cars as long as they burnout on demand and be faster than 99% of the cars I meet on a daily basis.

          • 0 avatar
            tuffjuff

            Bam!

          • 0 avatar
            TOTitan

            btr
            gtrslngr apparently can not write anything without being condescending and/or offensive. Apparently he is so much smarter than the rest of us that he exists on a different level of reality.

            BTW if you should ever spot one thats willing to play, try running a 335d with your 300. With 425 ft lbs at 1750 they are pretty wild. I have one and it makes me smile every time I drive it.

        • 0 avatar
          SweDane

          The current pltform has next to nothing in common with the LX – LY platform.
          Now that the NAG1 has been replaced by the ZF TorqueFlite the Daimler influence are gone.
          The LY platform had design similar to MB but no interchangeable parts.

      • 0 avatar
        LectroByte

        There’s a reason the Challenger is a distant third behind the Camaro and Mustang, and I’m not sure even another expensive over-the-top edition of the two door Charger can help it. Instead of 600 hp, maybe they could chop 600 lbs out of it, and add in some “nimble and fun”, that would be a step in the right direction.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      The Challenger is still a “fat pig” – esp. against the new ‘Stang, but who cares?

      Pony cars are supposed to look good and go fast in a straight line and this does plenty both.

  • avatar
    jpolicke

    Enough with the “600+” tease. What is it, 601 or 699?

  • avatar
    catachanninja

    So it’s 20-60 horsepower less than a comparable Shelby AND some 300 pounds heavier, sorry but the king stay the king

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Who cares, its larger (vehicle size) and OHV, two massives pluses to me when it comes to a muscle car, the viper is on aisle 3 for your love of sports cars.

    • 0 avatar

      I lol’d at your “king stay the king” remark. You mean the king that got spanked by a ZL1? Bring a Z/28 into the argument and the Shelby will be seeing taillights all day. You must have meant the king within Ford, because there are five GM cars for sale now that are faster than the fastest Ford ever.

      • 0 avatar
        catachanninja

        Nah man I’m talking raw horsepower, there’s plenty of cars out there that beat a Shelby in a 0-60, but in terms if raw horsepower not much beats Shelby. The new z28 does seem pretty cool, I’ve read a few gm sponsored puff pieces in the dead tree rags, but the idea of starting with the tires is appealing to me conceptually.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        Z/28 = unicorn and if said unicorn shows up chances are its going to get its ass handed to it on just about any venue outside a road course or reasonable facsimile there of.

        In a pure contest of speed the vette and its derivatives are the only cars in GM’s stable capable of messing with a Shelby and rightfully saying “anywhere anytime”.

        • 0 avatar
          Giltibo

          a)The Z28 is a TRACK MACHINE. The ZL1 is actually more powerful and faster in a straight line.

          b)The Shelby is a STRAIGHT LINE machine, an engine looking for a proper platform.

          c) The Corvette and Viper, well…

          In a straight line: Viper > Shelby > Vette > ZL1 > Z28 > Any 2014 Challenger.
          On a track: Z28 > Vette > ZL1 > Viper > Any Challenger > Shelby

          The (present) Challenger is just too heavy to compete one on one with any of these (except the Shelby) when the road gets curvy.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    There are only two modern cars that highly appeal to me today, this, and the chevy SS.
    Hopefully this is like the SS where pictures do it no justice. Granted seeing that Holden badge on a mystic green was pretty BA.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Dear Lord, I love this car. How much does a kidney go for on the black market these days?

  • avatar
    danio3834

    The feautres in the Performance Pages are awesome. Configurable ESC modes for different types of tires? Yes please.

  • avatar

    Hellcat still makes me think Buick anti-tank beast.

  • avatar
    ellomdian

    640 out of the Viper V10. 600+ out of the Hellcat V8.

    Certainly wouldn’t want to announce a real number that beat the Viper while you are having trouble moving them out of the showroom, eh?

    • 0 avatar

      Vortec V3 or Procharger give you an EASY 650 Horsepower (at the crank), over 550HP at the wheels.

      If you twin turbo your LX-platform you can EASILY get 1000 Horsepower, but you’ll need to get the bigger brake kit (15″ Brembo) and probably have to rebuild the rear end and a few other things.

      • 0 avatar
        ellomdian

        I’m unsure what that has anything to do with production horsepower numbers… Sure, you can shoot 30lbs of boost and some NO2 at your 2JZ, but it’s not something the manufacturer is willing to warranty. Also, and I realize it’s heresy to some, but most people with the money to buy factory hot rods do not immediately call up their local shop to invest 30-40% of the cost of the thing into a rebuild. You buy the COPO because you don’t want to have to do the crap yourself.

        The concern I was pointing out is that it’s going to be embarrassing to print marketing literature that puts the Hellcat within spitting distance of the Viper on the showroom floor, especially if the Challenger comes in at ~$60k. I guess the Viper is more likely to go topless soon than the Challenger? That’s a plus, for $40k?

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    Put some thick-spoked wheels on that, and you’d have the single toughest-looking car on earth – an Abrams battle tank with a license plate.

  • avatar
    319583076

    I want to like the Challenger but…it’s a coupe body scaled up to fit on a sedan platform resulting in a tall, narrow body that is reminiscent of pickups, SUVs, and CUVs more so than a performance car. Low and wide bodies look like performance. Plus, it’s manual has the stupid 1-4 shift lockout that drives me crazy.

  • avatar
    carguy

    It won’t be the fastest or best handling muscle car but will most likely be the most badass set of wheels you can buy – ‘Murica FTW!

  • avatar
    omer333

    Even though there’s no way I could afford it, a Dodge Challenger “Demon Edition” with 666hp would be quite awesome and totally capture the untapped Satanic demographic no one wants.

  • avatar
    Short Bus

    Is the hood scoop fake or functional?

  • avatar
    gtrslngr

    Correction !

    Meet Germany’s Muscle Car in Yank Tank disguise [ Sometimes I think I spend way too much time with those Brits ]

    Because thats what it is . A now decades old Mercedes E-Class platform powered by a Mercedes Benz V8 masquerading as an iconic Hemi underneath a blotted and over weight pos Dodge/Chrysler body with the pretense of in any way shape or form being the US’s Top Muscle Car and all the handling prowess of a pig wallowing in a mud bog .

    The smart money being on the new Mustang and all its high performance derivatives

    Next top US Muscle Car indeed . Talk about trying to make a Gucci Silk Purse out of a defective and deformed Sows Ear !

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Embrace the dark side and let your emotions go!

      Also sorta tough to do an old school hemi. The lack of quench and the need for a reasonable chamber volume to avoid an impeded flame front prevent a proper hemi design.

    • 0 avatar
      Short Bus

      You forgot that it’s built by a company owned by Italians.

      Still…. I wouldn’t kick it out of the garage. Awesome car.

    • 0 avatar
      billfrombuckhead

      I bet the 2015 Challenger shares not a single part at this point with Mercedes (not that it ever did share that many beside the antique transmission Mercedes imposed on Chrysler).

    • 0 avatar
      challenger2012

      I want to thank you for pointing out that the suspension, transmission and engine of the Challenger is MB based. Yes, you get MB engineering in the suspension, transmission and engine all for the price of a Dodge. I would say that is a great value. How many reading these words would choose a Ford over a MB given the same price point?

    • 0 avatar
      Blue-S

      A Mercedes Benz V8? To which MB engine is the modern Hemi allegedly related? I have never seen any MB-style pieces inside the Hemi.

      • 0 avatar
        Maymar

        Yeah, I wasn’t aware of pushrods being common Benz technology.

      • 0 avatar
        challenger2012

        Sir I can only find this in Wikipedia concerning the 5.7 Hemi.
        “It is a 90-degree V8, 2-valve pushrod design like the past MB engines, displacing 5,654 cc (345 cu in), with a bore of 3.917 in and a stroke of 3.578 in.”

        I read in an interview with the team who worked on the Challenger and they stated the suspension is adopted from an E-class MB. The transmission is made by MB. This is from the Dodge site. Also, if you google the transmission, you will see the MB coding for it as well as the Dodge’s coding for it.

        I know I own this car
        Still getting MB engineering and design for the price of a Dodge ain’t too bad, if you ask me.

        • 0 avatar
          Blue-S

          I think that the reference to the “past MB engines” in Wikipedia is a typo. I think that the writer meant to say “RB engines” because the previous 426 Hemi was a 2-valve pushrod RB big block. Regardless, there is no Mercedes Benz design similarity or componentry in the modern Hemis. The 5-speed NAG1 (Mercedes W5A580) automatic trans is an MB design, but the units installed in the North American built Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep vehicles were built by Chrysler in Indiana. Many of the internal parts in the NAG1 were sourced from MB, though. The 8-speed is a ZF design which is currently being built by Chrysler in the US (presumably Kokomo, Indiana) under license. The suspension design is supposedly based on the MB E-class, but I doubt that any parts would interchange. I worked for Chrysler as a technical training instructor from 1996-2011, so I taught this stuff and know it pretty well.

        • 0 avatar
          LeadHead

          There is no Mercedes technology anymore in the Challenger.

          The 300/Chager/Challenger LX platform was derived from the Chrysler LH platform. It originally used a Mercedes transmission, steering column, and rear suspension design.

          The Hemi engine is not related in any way to any Mercedes engine.

          The current suspension geometry is different than the original Benzs junk and the Benz 5-spd is gone.

  • avatar
    Quopar

    Damn. The only problem is I still have two years on my Challenger SRT8 6-speed lease. One day king of the hill, the next not so much. Need to check the early termination policy…

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Great times we live in. 3+ ltr V6 engines make the sort of power that the muscle car V8s of yore did. V8s make the sort of power that engines with many more cylinders and exotic maintenance requirements did decades ago.

    Let this street-able power live long enough that if the internal combustion engine is replaced by electric the electrics will be just as powerful and have just as much range between fill ups.

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    Good news for the flat-billed baseball cap crowd…

  • avatar
    pb35

    Love it but why did they have to discontinue Plum Crazy? It would have been perfect here.

    I wonder how much they’ll give me to trade my current ’12 Charger…oh yeah, not enough!

    • 0 avatar
      Curt in WPG

      They discontinued Plum Crazy? Damn, just as I’m entering the target market for a Challenger (being an almost old phart). My 7 year old daughter will be heartbroken as well.

  • avatar
    stuki

    Probably not my kind of car, but it still looks cool as heck.

    Just out of curiosity, why doesn’t Chrysler do a ‘vert Challenger? It would look sooooo much cooler than the ‘Stang and Camaro, and all that road hugging size and weight, should easily make it the ultimate boulevard cruiser, if paired with a suitably rumbly V8.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      nrd515

      Too big? A little, yes.
      Too heavy? A little, yes.

      To ostentatious? Hell no!

      Brown? Inside or outside? Doesn’t matter, my reaction is the same: HELL NO! Give me Basin Street/Petty Blue PLEASE, and if not Detonator Yellow, and you will make me happy. Brown is too depressing to even think about.

  • avatar
    luvmyv8

    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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