Dodge has just unveiled the most powerful Challenger ever in a May 20 press release: the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.
This new muscle car features an all-new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI, which is the most powerful V8 engine Chrysler has ever produced. Yes, under the hood is a V8 that produces over 600 hp.
In the press release, Dodge notes that the Challenger SRT Hellcat will be Dodge and SRT’s first application of a V8 supercharger. The engine also has premium-grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads that can take the heat from all of the added power.
Mated to this engine is either a six-speed manual transmission or a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission – the first of its kind in a Challenger SRT model.
When putting a key into the ignition, there will be two keys to choose from: one red and the other black. The red key unlock the full horsepower of the car, while the black one limits the engine’s output.
Drivers will also be able to choose from three driving modes, which alter the car’s over-all performance by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension. These modes are Sport, Track and Default mode. Default mode is what the car is in automatically when the car starts, while Sport mode adds performance over Default mode. Ultimately, Track mode delivers the Hellcat’s maximum performance capabilities.
Maintaining the car’s traction are a set of P275/40ZR20 Pirelli P Zero Nero tires. These tires can be slapped on the Brass Monkey/dark bronze finished 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels, which are only available on the Challenger SRT Hellcat.
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On the car’s exterior, there have been plenty of modifications that correctly portray the Hellcat’s true power. The functional hood scoop not only aids in the engine’s cooling, but also adds to the muscle car styling. A new vertical-split grill and the “SUPERCHARGED” fender badges only add to the car’s already aggressive appearance.
Pricing information is still unknown, but we do know that production of the car will commence during the third quarter of 2014 at Chrysler’s factory in Brampton, Ontario.