2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat: A Slice of Muscle Car Heaven
If you’re a gearhead with a penchant for power, then it probably is not news to you that Dodge has unveiled their 2015 Challenger Hellcat with a spine-tingling 707 horses under the hood. Actually, the Hellcat is a sub-model of the Challenger SRT, which does have us a little perplexed, but it does not diminish our awe and reverence of such a fine automobile. Seriously, you have the retro, old-school muscle car styling combined with out-of-this-world power. It’s like Christmas came early.
It seems that Dodge beat everyone to the punch in the muscle car launch race, getting the Challenger Hellcat out just ahead of Ford’s all new 2015 Mustang sport coupe and Chevy’s 2016 Camaro. Then, in a stroke of pure genius, Dodge turned around and dropped a Hellcat Hemi in a 2015 Charger as well. But we’ve got to say, that Challenger is really rocking the retro look.
When will the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat be released?
The rumor mills have been abuzz with talk of limited production of the Hellcats. Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis vehemently denies this, stating that Dodge will make as many Hellcats as are ordered.
“Dodge will base Hellcat dealer allocation on the total number of Dodge vehicles a dealer has sold within the last 180 days, including everything from Dart to Durango to Viper”, brand head Tim Kuniskis said in a recent AutoNews article.
Regarding the exact release date, Dodge is being pretty mum on the subject, but sometime in the 3rd quarter is expected. We know that it’s close; these beauties will be hitting the showroom floors very soon.
We are already dreaming about how awesome it’ll be to slide behind the wheel and take the Hellcat for a spin. If you can’t wait, download the ringtone of the Challanger SRT Hellcat showing its muscle here.
Dodge Hellcat: Gearhead Facts and Stats
The Hellcat models will also come with the Hellcat badge on the front fenders. The prototypes have a badge that says “Supercharged”, but when these cars hit showroom floors, the fearsome Hellcat badge will be on both the Charger and the Challenger.
The retro styling of the 2015 Challenger was inspired by 1971 Challenger both inside and out. From the split grille to the LED tail lamps, old-school design meets modern technology in this car. The performance upgrades are mind-blowing, including race-bred chassis options and nine wheel selections.
And if you are into gadgets, the Challenger has those too; with a mobile app that allows you to start your engine remotely as well as unlock or lock your doors. The 3-D navigation, theft-alarm notification, backup camera and Uconnect via mobile give you a little taste of modern-day luxuries without spoiling the muscle car feel.
The supercharged 6.2L HEMI Hellcat engine cranks out 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful V-8 that Chrysler has ever put out and the most powerful, fastest muscle car in the world. Don’t believe us? It puts out 67 more horsepower than the current Viper does with its powerful V-10. It also beats out the last Shelby Mustang GT500 by 45 horsepower.
For a price tag that starts just shy of $61,000, it still beats out the 2015 Porsche 911 in price (lower) and power (higher). It’s not the least expensive car on the showroom floor, but we guarantee you, it’s the car that is being talked about the most!
It’s a triple-threat with power, performance and panache. We are sure the Hellcat will be turning heads.
The Hellcat has captured our imaginations with incredible power (quarter mile in 10.85 seconds) but holds fast to its heritage. It stands above the Camaro and Mustang in both power and looks. It breaks the mold and pays homage to its roots. Dodge has indeed raised the bar here. Well done!