Dodge Challenger fans have endured so much from the other ponycar faithful, thanks to models like the Camaro ZL1 and Shelby GT500, both of which boast incredible power through forced induction. The good news is that the Challenger has finally hit back, and hard, with a new SRT Hellcat that is everything Dodge fans knew the car could be.
Official power ratings are still not available, but Dodge has said that the car’s 6.2-liter Hemi V8 pushes out over 600 horsepower, thanks to some supercharger goodness, making it the most powerful V8 ever created by Chrysler. Buyers will be able to choose either a six-speed manual, or for those who are incapable of operating a simple stick, an eight-speed automatic. Performance specs are also forthcoming, but fully expect a 0 to 60 time that is well below 4 seconds.
Not only does the Challenger SRT Hellcat look cool, it comes with a number of unique features. The car comes with two keys, kind of like the Mustang Boss 302, with one red and one black. Choosing the black key keeps the car in a well-behaved state, making it the perfect choice when turning the car over to a valet or your little brother. The red key, on the other hand, allows the car to shred tires while laughing at Mustangs and their four-banger turbo engines.
Probably the coolest feature is that Dodge designed the car with a frickin’ air intake in the driver’s side headlight, which is slightly cooler than having a frickin’ laser beam shoot out of it. Supposedly, the design was done to keep the car’s aerodynamics in check. Considering that it will undoubtedly be capable of some pretty high speeds — on the track, of course — that sounds like a cool excuse. The feature also flies in the face of Chevrolet, which recently was bragging about how the new Camaro Z/28 has a “Flowtie” or a bowtie badge with a hollow center that’s mounted to the front grille. Sorry Chevy, the headlight intake is much cooler.