Dodge has pulled out plenty of surprises as of late. Things like the $15,000 Viper price cut and two 707-horsepower cars come to mind almost immediately. What’s more, one of these 707-horsepower rigs, the Challenger SRT Hellcat, comes in at a shockingly low price of $59,995. Now that the EPA has completed its preliminary testing of the Challenger SRT Hellcat, we have yet another shocker on our hands.
That’s right; the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat is surprisingly fuel efficient. Now, I am not saying it pulls off 30 mpg, but it is decent for the amount of supercharged ponies it puts down. So far the EPA has only revealed the SRT Hellcat’s highway fuel economy, which checks in at an incredible 22 mpg with the eight-speed auto and 21 mpg with the six-cog manual.
For those of you who drive fuel-sipping hybrids, this may seem like a gas hog, but you have to look at similarly powerful cars to see just how good this is. The 700-horsepower Lamborghini Aventador, for example, can only pull off 18 mpg, and it has seven horsepower less that the Hellcat. Additionally, the $287,820 Aston Martin Vanquish and $221,580 SLS AMG GT received 18 mpg and 19 mpg highway ratings, respectively, plus they are well below the 600-horsepower mark.
We still have yet to learn the Hellcat’s city and combined mpg ratings, but I am willing to bet these will be nowhere near 22 mpg. The city rating will likely come in at around 15 mpg with the combined rating hanging around the 18- or 19-mpg range. Those are also decent ratings for a 707-horsepower muscle car but will certainly put a dent in your wallet.
It’s simply amazing what modern technology can do in the fuel-economy department.