Cars have become so powerful that it can take something extreme to stir the enthusiast. A rating of 225 horsepower was impressive for a 1980s Mustang or Camaro, and today’s mid-sized sedans are knocking on 300 horsepower from their top V6s. Not enough, but you still need a sedan? BMW is here to help with the 560 horses produced by its $94K M5’s twin-turbo V8. BMW claims a 155-mph top speed. Who could ask for more?
Dodge did, and its answer is one for the record books.
The Charger pulls 707 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8, the same one in the Challenger Hellcat. Top speed is claimed at 204 mph. It’s so much more powerful than other cars that it takes a while to sink in. Seven hundred horsepower. What would you do with it all?
First, you might be confirming the Charger Hellcat’s NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 11 seconds flat. Dodge gives you to tools to do that, with an instrument panel that times you.
Additionally, the SRT’s Performance Pages (also available on the lesser R/T) allow you to configure the active launch control, set performance timers, and view more gauges, such as G-force indicators.
There are many drive modes: Custom, Sport, Track, Eco and Default. Fortunately, there’s also an aggressive Valet mode, which limits the engine to 4,000 rpm, shuts down the paddle shifters and kills the fun in other ways as well.
The T-shaped electronic shifter is very cool.
You’d want some big brakes to cinch you down from that 204-mph top speed, and so the Charger Hellcat has the biggest front brakes Chrysler has ever put in a vehicle: 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers.
Wheels are 20-inch “Slingshot” wheels, in either Matte Black or this available Brass Monkey/dark bronze finish.
The body has been reshaped to give the engine more air…
…and LED highlights give the front end a serious gaze.
Look for the Charger Hellcat in early 2015. If Dodge holds the line on price, it could make the Charger SRT Hellcat the definitive choice in performance sedans. After all, it is the quickest, fastest, most powerful sedan in the world.