Ford and Chevrolet fans all must tremble in fear before the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which is officially the most powerful production muscle car to ever come from an American automaker. The supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 kicks out a thunderous 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Earlier, Dodge announced the new model would produce somewhere over 600 horsepower, and now everyone is seeing just how humble of a statement that was.
The engine works with a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, which is the first time the technology has been used on such a high-performance vehicle. The exterior and interior feature design cues that have been lifted or inspired by the 1971 Challenger model, which is a big improvement over the comfortable yet completely uninspiring interior of the 2014 Dodge Challenger models.
The Hellcat engine is the first time that a Hemi has been supercharged by the factory. It is also the first time that SRT has worked on a supercharged V-8 engine. Another first is the car’s two key fobs, which have never before been offered on a Chrysler model. The black fob limits the engine’s output to only 500 horsepower, which keeps performance at somewhat sane levels and supposedly the key owners will use to hand the car off to valets and their inexperienced teenage drivers. The red fob, on the other hand, unlocks the full power from the engine.
Considerable speculation in the industry surrounds the possibility that Dodge will drop the Hellcat engine into the 2015 Charger as well, providing insane performance in a more practical four-door format.