If being super-fast on a straight-line counts, then Dodge has hit the jackpot with its new 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat that completes the 0-60mph (96km/h) in 3.7 seconds, the 1/4 mile in 11 seconds and tops out at 204mph (328km/h).
It shares its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 HEMI with the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat producing the same 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. (880Nm) of torque.
According to Dodge, these numbers make it "the quickest, fastest, most powerful production sedan in the world, as well as the most capable and technologically advanced four-door muscle car in America".
While we don’t know of any other regular production sedan with more ponies than the Charger Hellcat, the 600PS (592hp) and 700Nm (516 lb-ft) BMW M5 30th Anniversary Edition might match its standard sprint time, as it has a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 3.9 seconds. However, we won’t know for sure unless BMW releases a 0-60mph time. Plus, the BMW is a limited edition version. The regular 552hp (560PS) M5 loses hands down with a 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds.
During the presentation, Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis said that the Charger SRT Hellcat weighs about 100 pounds more than the respective Challenger at around 4,660 lbs (2,114 kg) with a 54:46 weight distribution, but he noted that the extra weight actually helps the car start better in the quarter mile sprint, with the sedan timed at 11 seconds vs the coupe's 11.2 second run.
In comparison, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 runs the 1/4 mile in 11.96-seconds at 117 mph (188 km/h), the 2014 Viper SRT GTS in 11.4 seconds and the last Corvette ZR1 in 11.4 seconds.
The Charger SRT Hellcat also returns a 0-100-0 mph (0-160km/h-0) time of under 13 seconds
Dodge's super sedan is available exclusively with rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic transmission with 160 millisecond shifts with rev-matching.
It comes with two key fobs, with the red one unleashing all 707-horses and the black one, limiting power to 500hp. For those of you who don't trust other people with your car, there's a special Valet mode that is activated and deactivated via a four-digit PIN, offering the following vehicle configurations:
- Engine is remapped to significantly reduce horsepower and torque; limited to 4,000 rpm
- Transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than normal
- Transmission will treat the manual shifter position the same as the drive position
- Traction, steering and suspension are set to their “Street” settings
- Steering-wheel paddle shifters are disabled
- Drive Mode functions are disabled
- Electronic stability control (ESC) is enabled to Full-on
- Launch Control is disabled
Notable upgrades include the 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers on the front and 4-piston calipers at the back, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels with 275/40ZR Pirelli P Zero performance tires and the adaptive damping three-mode suspension.
Besides wearing the facelifted Charger's body and renewed interior, the SRT Hellcat gets a few elements of its own, including a power-bulge aluminum hood with additional dual air extractors, a unique blacked out front grille, sculpted bumpers, a rear diffuser and boot spoiler. On the inside, there's a sports steering wheel with paddle shifters, body-hugging seats, and different trim decors.
Sales of the new Charger SRT Hellcat will start in the first quarter of 2015 at an as of yet, undisclosed price, but it should be close to the $60,000 asking MSRP for the Challenger SRT Hellcat. Dodge CEO also contested rumors that production will be limited to 1,200 units.