Well the rumours turned out to be completely correct with the covers taken off the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat prior to its public debut at the Woodward Dream Cruise display on August 16. As the name suggests, the Charger SRT Hellcat follows on from the Challenger SRT Hellcat and utilises exactly the same powertrain.
This powertrain is a truly absurd 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine delivering 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. In the Challenger SRT Hellcat, this engine makes it the most powerful muscle car ever and in the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat makes it the most powerful production sedan in the world easily taking the crown from the 625 hp Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG. As a matter of fact, the Charger SRT Hellcat completes the quarter mile in 11 seconds flat on street tyres, hits 96 km/h (60 mph) in 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 328 km/h (204 mph). It will also go from a standstill to 160 km/h back to zero in under 13 seconds. The Charger SRT Hellcat includes two key fobs with the red one unlocking all 707 horsepower!
Just like the Challenger, this engine is mated to a TorqueFlite heavy duty eight-speed automatic transmission capable of performing 160 millisecond shifts with rev-matching. Braking is provided by the largest brakes ever offered by the Chrysler Group and the same as those from the Challenger with 15.4 Brembo two-piece rotors at the front with six-piston calipers.
When discussing the performance of the car, President and CEO of the Dodge and SRT Brands Tim Kuniskis said, “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.
“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!” he said.
A host of different driving modes are available on the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with each creating a unique driving experience. There is Sport, Track, Default and Eco with each of them being self-explanatory in their features. One extra setting is Custom where the driver can completely customise the driving experience.
From a visual standpoint, many of the body panels of the regular Charger have been maintained. With that being said, the Charger SRT Hellcat is immediately identifiable thanks to the ultra-aggressive front fascia and brand new power-bulge aluminium bonnet. The bonnet includes a dedicated cold air intake like the original Dodge Viper and dual air extractors to ensure effective removal of heat and to reduce turbulence in the engine compartment.
Elsewhere, a front splitter has been added as well as a large rear bootlid lip spoiler along with a revised fascia at the rear. The car then rides on split-seven spoke 20×9.5 lightweight forged aluminium wheels finished typically in matte black and available in dark bronze finishes. These wheels are wrapped in 275/40 R20 Pirelli P Zero rubber at all four corners.