You Owe Me A 10-Second Car

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

We try not to blindly re-post content created by OEM PR teams, but Dodge has thrown down the gauntlet here.

According to them, the all-new Challenger SRT Hellcat will knock off a 10-second quarter mile time, and we’re not about to let that claim slide. Our own EIC Jack Baruth will be off next week to test out those claims, on a drag strip at the 2015 Challenger launch event. Let’s see what JB is capable of pulling off both there and the road course. Anyone care to take bets?

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  • Sigivald Sigivald on Jul 11, 2014

    "No Dart GLH? Lame."

    • John Rosevear John Rosevear on Jul 12, 2014

      I think the GLH moniker will be consigned to the dumpster of history, but... Dart SRT arrives 12/16 as a 2017 model, says the five-year plan. AWD turbo, details to follow.

  • 05lgt 05lgt on Jul 11, 2014

    This is so fantastic. My 240z 351w ran mid 11's on slicks. The hellcat has AC, a back seat, airbags etc. and runs faster 1/4's without dumping half burnt fuel at idle. 2014 rules

    • PrincipalDan PrincipalDan on Jul 11, 2014

      Being born in 1977, I concur. Mazda's Skyactive 2.5 makes twice the hp of the Iron Duke in my first car. Technology is awesome whether it is a 2 ltr turbo diesel in a Cruze or a hairy chested multiple cylinder engine.

  • Bumpy ii Bumpy ii on Jul 12, 2014

    I'm just wondering who at Chrysler was foolish enough to greenlight something like this with a factory warranty.

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    • Zykotec Zykotec on Jul 13, 2014

      @George B Completely with you on this. It will be a small cost for FiatShler to fix the low-volum cars under warranty. But I guess as they replace the broken parts, they will also 'recommend' that you check out Mopars aftermarket program to find suitable replacement/upgrade parts if you like to spend more money instead of constantly having it repaired for free under warranty. And, if you take 'Hybridkiller's comment under here into consideration, there probably are no ways to break any part of the Hellcat drivetrain under any sort of 'street-legal' activities...

  • LALoser LALoser on Jul 13, 2014

    I really like the new model performance cars, and would consider a Hellcat for weekend duty...but I am worried we are approaching a HP/price bubble and someday soon the market will crash for new ones. Only so much money around for such narrow scope cars.

    • Hybridkiller Hybridkiller on Jul 13, 2014

      I wouldn't worry about new ones getting cheaper, it's an awful lot of performance for the money - especially when you consider what it would cost to build a 700hp drag car (that's also street-legal) from scratch. And they're not going to turn out enough of these things to where they have to discount leftover/unsold units. But anyone who does buy one should definitely plan on taking a pretty large hit if/when they go to sell it.