Essentially nobody expected the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to go big when it came to fuel economy. When the EPA finally announced that the car achieves an estimated 22 mpg on the highway, people were surprised. Sure, it’s nothing compared to the Toyota Prius, but the four-door muscle car also pounds out 707 horsepower and is a true 11-second car in stock form!
Of course, the city fuel economy rating of 13 mpg is a little less stellar, while the combined rating comes in at 16 mpg. Because of those numbers, the sedan is subject to the $1,700 gas guzzler tax, so beware if you are in the market for some cheap speed.
The news helps bolster the Dodge brand’s position as the budget-friendly way to enjoy some serious performance. Not only does the car come with a starting price pegged at just $59,995, its fuel economy is about on par with the Chevrolet SS, while far outclassing it when it comes to raw performance. With over twice the displacement as the Maserati Ghibli, the Charger Hellcat essentially matches the Italian car’s fuel economy. A better performance comparison is the Lamborghini Aventador, which delivers 700 horsepower and only achieves 18 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.
The stock setup also includes a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with a 7.03 ratio spreads. Chrysler says the tranny is designed to keep the Hellcat V-8 operating in its efficiency sweet spot more. The TorqueFlite also helps with performance, thanks to rev-matching and shifts that take only 160 milliseconds. It is also well-suited for the hefty output from the engine, thanks to an engine-torque capacity that sits 30 percent higher than any eight-speed transmission ever made by the company.
There are other benefits to the hottest version of the Charger, like 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors and massive six-piston calipers, Pirelli P Zero tires wrapped around forged-aluminum wheels, and an adaptive damping suspension with three pre-set modes.