2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: First Look

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  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, BMW M5, Chevrolet SS
  • Looks like: The meanest, baddest, kick-ass Dodge Charger ever built
  • Drivetrain: 707-horsepower, supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 with eight-speed automatic; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Early 2015

You knew it was coming. There was no way Dodge was going to make an engine like the Hellcat V-8, a 707-horsepower, supercharged monster motor, and limit its use to the 2015 Challenger SRT. Sure enough, Dodge proved the internet rumor mill right by unveiling the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat sedan today, christening it the quickest, fastest and most powerful sedan in the world.

What'll she do? Zero-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, two-tenths of a second quicker than a Challenger SRT Hellcat. The National Hot Rod Association has certified it as running the quarter mile in 11.0 seconds flat on street tires with a top speed of 204 mph. It's only 100 pounds heavier than the Challenger Hellcat, and it's faster than the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, BMW M5, Aston Martin Rapide or any other sedan you can name.

Exterior

Outside, the Charger SRT receives significant styling changes. The new 2015 Charger got a little smoother and less imposing with its latest redesign, but the SRT treatment returns a little of that aggressiveness. Dodge touched nearly every body panel, including a new front bumper and grille that improves cooling airflow, functional hood scoops with heat extractors, a slightly revised side scallop in the body and a new rear end with a deeper bumper skirt and unique spoiler. The longer body and improved aerodynamics are what help the Charger Hellcat beat the Challenger Hellcat to 60 mph — it's 12 percent more aerodynamic, Dodge says.

Interior

The Charger Hellcat gets a little love inside too, but the changes are not as significant. They include a three-spoke, flat-bottom SRT steering wheel; two unique color combinations; big bolstered seats; and all the electronic screen upgrades that come with the regular 2015 Charger. It also features the SRT Performance Pages app, which allows the driver to modify settings for horsepower output, transmission shift speed, paddle shifter function, traction control, steering effort and suspension firmness. Chrysler's Uconnect multimedia system and an 8.4-inch touch-screen are standard.

Under the Hood

Under the hood is the same supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine that you'll find in the Challenger Hellcat, making the same 707-hp and 650 pounds-feet of torque. That power goes to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission, modified for heavy-duty service to be able to handle all that power. The brakes have been upgraded as well, to Challenger Hellcat-spec 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers. Those are the largest front brakes Chrysler has ever put on a production car. The combination of powerful drivetrain and massive brakes enables the Charger Hellcat to go from zero to 100 mph back down to zero in less than 13 seconds.

Like the Challenger, it comes with two key fobs — one red, one black. The red one unlocks the full horsepower of the Charger Hellcat, while the black fob limits engine output. A Valet Mode is also available through the onboard computer, which significantly reduces engine output, limits the engine to 4,000 rpm, requires the transmission to start off in 2nd gear and shift sooner, disables the ability to turn off traction control, and keeps the traction, steering and suspension in Street mode. The Valet Mode can be disabled through a four-digit PIN entered on the car's touch-screen.

Pricing

Pricing for the new 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has not yet been announced and will be revealed when the car goes on sale in the first few months of 2015. The Challenger Hellcat is priced at $60,990 (including destination and gas-guzzler charges), and it's not unreasonable to expect that the Charger will actually be priced similarly if Dodge sticks to the pricing strategy that it has been following for the company's SRT models.

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2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Comments 

Ken L.

Wow! I know I may have criticized the 2015 Charger's styling in the past, but I think the 707 hp engine just fixed it.

Scott A.

707hp is awesome, but it can't make up for the fact that Dodge just turned the Charger into the Dart Max. It's a massive, massive shame what they did to a perfectly-designed 2012-2014 model. I'm sad that I won't have the Hellcat, but I'm thrilled that I have the 2014 SRT8.

Me

I would never pay that for this car.CRAZY

Sure will get groceries with your kids in the back faster..

J

But people actually looking at the M5 and S63 will actually look at Dodge?

2012 Charger owner

Who do folks have to be so negative .. am gonna guess that ME is a fan of the Blue Oval .. and Scott A is critical of styling changes .. so get a life .. don't dwell on what you can't have be glad you have what you do own.

jyd

I welcome the new styling direction. The previous nose just did not look good. Period. That and a very poor reliability record has done a number on the Charger's appeal.

Hopefully, this new update will be a shot in the arm for the model. Dodge missed the boat when they brought back the Charger as a 4-door sedan but are starting to make up for it.

elliott norton

dodge has been the number one vehicle in the world they have always dominated racing every time they win which is almost every race they enter the competition bellyaches and cries and protests till they restrict the dodges so heavily so they can win a race sometimes.... its pathetic.... they griped about the 426 hemi in nascar till they restricted it to running the equivalent of a two barrel carberator just so the other brands could win a race.... its that way today they still dont stand a chance in hellcat of winning a race against a dodge on equal footing...

elliott norton

dodge is the best and fastest vahicles in the world bar none they have dominated the world of speed since the advent of the hemi ... which remains the fastest most reliable and durable engine ever invented.... no car manufacturer on the planet has anything to even remotely compare to it.... even God drives a hemi....

DLB

Would be a lot cheaper than S63 AMG or M5 too..

jyd

elliott, fanboy much? The hemi did dominate NASCAR when introduced but it was Dodge that bellyached and cried when Ford introduced their 427 Hemi because it had more power than the Dodge mill. They ended up getting it banned. Maybe too scared to race on equal footing???

And Dodge certainly didn't invent the Hemi. It's been used by Mitsubishi, Fiat, Porsche, Ford, Jaguar and others years before Dodge jumped in the game. It is a great engine, but let's not get carried away.

Aaron

From the rear quartering view, it looks remarkably like the current-gen Charger. The door styling and tail light assembly are almost direct adaptations. I might have gone a different way.

Steve

Congrats to Dodge for putting such a powerful engine in your average car. I've always thought that was the way Dodge worked. Even if a car is garbage, a powerful engine will be enough to sell it. Why didn't Dodge/Chrysler stick a Viper engine in everything they made back in the day? At least as an option......? Then they could brag about being the best in class about something.

"which remains the fastest, most reliable engine ever invented (hemi)". Too funny.

Cameron

Hilarious; projected price for this car in my country (Norway) will be around $300,000

Jeff

I'm a car fan. Not dodge, not ford, not Chevy. I love them all. Just a correction! The ford 427 is NOT a hemi. The 429 boss is. Kind of. As is the Chevy 409 and the 358. I've owned over 70 cars and have a ordinary old 2011 charger 6 cyl now, and I actually love it and had no issues with quality. Now GM on the other hand!!! Tried a ford fusion for my highway car with family. Light and cheap. Brother in law drives BMW m6. Gimme an srt8!! Stomps the Beamer

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