When we first had our chance to feast our eyes on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat back in May, we were intrigued when former SRT CEO Ralph Giles admitted that the car was possibly even more potent than its flagship stablemate the SRT Viper in terms of overall horsepower. This is a scenario that many automakers do not want due to the diminished exclusivity and reduced credibility as a flagship when a lesser model surpasses it. However in an announcement earlier today, Chrysler officially unveiled the performance figures for the 6.2 liter supercharged Hellcat V8 and confirmed that it indeed surpasses the Viper in a way that few could only imagine.
With rivals such as the Shelby GT500 Mustang and the Chevrolet Z/28 Camaro pushing past the 600 and 500 horsepower barrier respectively, the SRT Hellcat Challenger had to raise the bar to surpass these models, and it has successfully done so on that front with the potent engine producing a mind-blowing 707 horsepower and an equally formidable 650 lb-ft of torque. These two figures not only trump the Stang and the Camaro, but also manage to even outgun the V-10 equipped Viper with the car producing 60 more horsepower and an extra 50 lb-ft of torque than the track oriented serpent which confirms earlier speculation and various rumors about the car dethroning the Viper as the company’s most powerful car.
In addition to achieving this internal feat, a broader look reveals that the Hellcat engine may also be the most powerful factory engine ever built. It is more powerful than established muscle car rivals such as the 650 horsepower Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2014 Cadillac CTS-V, and the Z/28 Camaro, while also managing to even surpass the numbers produced by global rivals such as the Nissan GT-R, and the Porsche 911 Turbo. Furthermore as a cool bonus, the Hellcat also manages to overpower Aston Martins hand-built 565 horsepower 6.0 liter V12 engine which just showcases the enormous potential that the Hellcat engine has to offer, as well as the lofty company that it is in. All of this earth bending power is sent to the rear wheels through an eight speed automatic gearbox which was tweaked for Hellcat duty, and is the sole transmission choice available.
While Chrysler did not reveal official pricing for the SRT Hellcat ( the company says that’ll be revealed next month), look for this figure to possibly surpass $60,000 dollars which is consistent with the pricing seen on some of its rivals. Expect the first units to eventually arrive on dealer lots later this year, which should give prospective owners ample time to build up the funds needed for replacement tires. In the meantime, Chrysler has also released a brief video of the SRT Hellcat in action which can be seen below.