2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Tire Smoke and Brimstone. 707-horsepower supercharged beast of a Coupe.

  • Likes
  • Acceleration
  • engine sound
  • gear shift feel
  • ride quality
  • relative affordability
  • Dislikes
  • Handling not as sharp as similarly priced sports cars
  • fuel economy limits daily driver practicality

With a headline-grabbing horsepower from its supercharged Hemi V8, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat tears up the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds, making it the quickest and most-powerful American muscle car ever mass-produced. But what's really remarkable about the SRT division's wildest cat is how tame and civilized it can be. Offered with either an 8-speed automatic or a Tremec 6-speed manual borrowed from the Viper, the Challenger Hellcat actually makes a great cruiser, with a soft and composed ride, comfortable seats, and an easy-to-use navigation/infotainment system. Our manual-transmission test car had a light, progressive clutch and positive, well-defined shift quality — requiring none of the brute force we're used to on cars with the Hellcat's level of power.

With a massive twin-screw supercharger, forged pistons and high-flow heads, the Challenger Hellcat's 6.4-liter Hemi V8 makes 707 horsepower, 650 lb-ft of torque, and a glorious sound reminiscent of a World War II airplane. Engineers at SRT clearly spent some time fine-tuning the V8's aural signature, and what they came up with perfectly suits the nature of the beast. Ridiculously powerful, unapologetic and surprisingly refined. It's as though The Hulk were to show up and suddenly give a lecture on fluid dynamics. This Hellcat is a beast, but it's not a dumb brute.

Thanks to the stellar transmission, well-tuned suspension and decent steering feel from the hydraulically assisted rack and pinion, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is more than just a drag-race special. Indeed, only the comically dismal gas mileage prevents this car from being a true all-'rounder. But for those willing to shell out for some extra gallons of 91 octane, the Challenger Hellcat is a ridiculous performance value that will outrun Ferraris in the quarter mile and carry four adults to the movies in relative comfort.

Warranty/Service: 3-year/36,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty; 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty;

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Specs

Base Price: $59,995

As Tested: $59,995

  • 13 / 21 mpg
  • EPA
  • 3.7 sec
  • 0-60
  • 707 hp
  • Horsepower
  • 198 mph
  • Top Speed
  • Engine: 6.2-liter supercharged V8
  • Horsepower: 707 hp
  • Torque: 650
  • Transmission: 6-speed manual
  • Curb Weight: 4,500 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 116 in
  • Length: 198 in
  • Width: 75.7 in
  • Height: 55.9 in
  • Brakes: Vented disc with 6-piston front/ 4-piston rear fixed calipers
  • Suspension: Double wishbone front/ multilink rear
  • Traction: multi-mode traction and stability control, can be turned off, launch control
  • 0-60 mph: 3.7 sec
  • Top Speed: 198 mph
  • EPA City: 13 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 21 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 16 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 5
  • Safety: Front and front side airbags, stability control

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