Fact sheet: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Races Camaro on NOS, Custom Mustang Shelby GT500 [Video] [Updated].
Want some attention and excitement in the new year? Dodge has watched muscle car sales increase over the last several years, as they’ve become more efficient, and more effective in being able to negotiate the tighter budgets and more efficiency favored gas tanks.Now that 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat owners have had the time to break their muscle cars in, it was only a matter of time until the first street racing episodes started… airing online.The volume sales of the muscle cars has dramatically risen for the past few years and it appears like the good ole days of muscle car fans and enthusiasts will be summoned back to life once again.
Well, here we are, talking about a recent nighttime race that saw a Challenger Hellcat battle it out with a Chevrolet Camaro that happened to be chewing nitrous oxide, as well as with a just-as-custom Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. The big three companies in the car making industry had vowed that they will continue the legacy of coming up with the sturdy yet fast muscle cars that are beefed up with powerful horsepower engines.
His modified GMC Yukon Denali with a curb weight pushing 6,000 pounds jumps off the line and will give any muscle car a run for its money in the first eighth of a mile while turning in an elapsed time under 14 seconds. A 707 HP Hemi engine, with the best design and styling in the entire car space – combined with a $60,000 base price tag means Dodge delivered with the Charger Hellcat for 2015 that takes it to the competition. Auto enthusiast magazines confirm the 16.5-foot-long, two-door coupe can beat a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 and 2015 Ford Mustang GT Premium in 0-to-60 and quarter-mile times. Usually, we don’t like throwing spoilers at you, but we’ll make an exception on this occasion, since the race is completely off the scale, due to the unknown tune on the Chevy. Based on volume sales, Chevrolet and Ford registered 80,000 and 75,000 sold units respectively while Dodge checked in at third position with 55,000 sold units.
Hellcat owners must only pore over the owner’s manual and try to decipher the myriad different settings provide by the touch-screen interface with the car’s sophisticated computer controls. He said, “If we tried to satisfy (critics) and trim weight off it and make it shorter, we’re going to turn off the other 95 percent who want it bigger and heavier – the everyday regular driver who wants a comfortable car.” He went on to note that, “We decided, why not put the biggest most powerful engine in it and satisfy both camps.” Combine this with the fact that the vehicle will bring a very sturdy build with some very interesting features – especially in the tech space, and you’re left with a really impressive vehicle from tip to tail.
Dodge is already taking orders for the Charger SRT Hellcat sedan, which will use the same 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 that’s in the Challenger and be the fastest production sedan. A touch screen display will feature all of the settings, and modifications that one could possibly want to make while still driving a muscle car really creates a unique combination of tech-savvy and muscle car inspiration. Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price, including destination charge and federal government gas guzzler tax is $60,990 for a model with six-speed, Tremec, manual transmission. Overall though, this points to the changing tide with regards to muscle cars and their surprising re-emergence into the competitive, and mainstream markets.
While muscle cars remain a niche item – especially with the cost that is associated with many of them – it’s the point that now in 2015 – a year is setting up that a true battle could take place. The clip’s description mentions a custom cam and a 150 nitrous shot, but we have to take that with a massive grain of salt or at least a grain of brake dust. Dodge also knows that a car enthusiastic is very particular about the interior and so it offers 17 all new interiors to choose from — everything from houndstooth premium cloth to Napa leather — from a retro look to pure luxury.
Whether it’s Dodge, Ford or Chevrolet – all three of the major players in the muscle car space are setting up to have formidable entrants in the 2015 contest. As for the race with the Shelby GT500, a pre-2010 revamp, the same applies here – the video description only mentions an exhaust, explaining the ‘Stang showed 550 hp on the dyno. The Challenger offers seating for five models and with dual-zone automatic temperature control a standard feature, everyone has plenty of space and custom comfort. Dodge’s earlier variant which is the Challenger is chastised with longer wheelbase, a blessing in disguise since this has paved the way for the existence of the Hellcat.
And before the Hellcat was born, critics also chided the Challenger for not packing enough oomph, especially when Mustang and Camaro began to offer versions with well over 500 HP. After all, enthusiasts have been strapping blowers to Challengers for years and the idea with the Hellcat is that you can have all that muscle under warranty and without having to deal with heat soak issues after every couple of runs. Update: our reader Jerrod claims to be the owner of this Hellcat and he has provided some extra details about the cars involved in the races, which you can see in his comment below. The engine is a compact, lightweight design with dual overhead camshafts, high-flow intake and exhaust ports, Variable Vale Timing and Electronic Throttle Control. The Challengers offers a variety of suspension options from the sport-turned to high-performance to the top-of-the-line competitive suspension featuring adaptive damping, in order to provide a custom ride.
Using the lengthy throttle travel, the driver can easily manage pedal pressure and the power appropriately for city streets, school zones and leisurely drives. But fuel mileage is the pits, with a government rating of just 13 miles per gallon in the city and 21 or 22 mpg, depending on the transmission, on highways.
What is surprising is that the base price of $26,995 offers so many standard features including power 6-way driver lumbar adjust, 18-inch satin carbon aluminum wheels, rain brake support and hill start assist and LED split tail lamps. Some 11,000 Challengers from the 2015 model were the subject of a safety recall as instrument gauges might not work at startup because of an undersized microprocessor circuit trace.
With the design, roomy interior and powerful engine, it brings the best of the past into the present that will have your heart racing as you drive this beauty.
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