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.

By Aaron Bragman | August 13, 2014 | Comments (15)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Video

Sonny, we can remember when 700 horsepower was just for supercars. Nowadays, you spoiled kids have the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, which throws what Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek calls "ludicrous" power behind the iconic muscle car. Watch Bruzek at the drag strip testing the fury the Hellcat hath in the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chasing 11.2: We Take the Challenger SRT Hellcat to the Strip

It's perfectly common for automakers to provide quarter-mile acceleration numbers on their hopped-up performance cars. It's rare, however, when one provides times for street tires in addition to what the car should run with sticky purpose-built drag radial tires. Dodge's 707-horsepower 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat comes with two quarter-mile expectations: 11.2 seconds at 125 mph on street tires and 10.8 seconds at 126 mph on drag radials.

Related: 2015 Dodge Challenger First Drive

So, when a red Dodge key fob landed at the Cars.com offices we knew what we had to do. Sure, we test car seats and cargo room, but we really needed to test the Hellcat at the drag strip. The times we ran and the car itself caused a ruckus with folks flocking to like it was a celeb hounded by paparazzi.

By Joe Bruzek | August 7, 2014 | Comments (12)

Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

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Every year hundreds of new-car models are introduced and enter the research process for millions of car shoppers. The dizzying number of choices sometimes shrouds from the masses what are good cars.

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Here are 10 cars that Cars.com's editors agree are overlooked due to no fault of each vehicle's own substantial merits.

 

1. 2015 Mazda6

The Mazda6 is one of the rare family sedans that is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient; it's rated as high as 28/40/32 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission and the optional GT Technology Package, which includes regenerative braking and active grille shutters. But even the base automatic gets 38 on the highway. Good cabin quality, intuitive controls, comfortable seating and a striking design also fall into the Mazda's favor.

By David Thomas | July 23, 2014 | Comments (9)

2015 Dodge Challenger First Drive

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The latest Ford Mustang is powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The next Chevrolet Camaro is rumored to be smaller, lighter and likely powered by a four-cylinder engine. But when Dodge updated the Challenger coupe for 2015, its new addition wasn't a four-cylinder engine — it was the tire-smoking SRT Hellcat model, powered by a jaw-dropping 707-horsepower, supercharged V-8. That's what Dodge thinks of the smaller, lighter, more efficient trend, and kudos to the automaker. Who knows how much longer we'll have cars like these on the road, given increasingly stringent fuel-economy mandates?

Related: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Photo Gallery

Dodge updated the Challenger inside and out, with a mild nose job and butt lift and a thoroughly new interior with modern conveniences. Powertrains mostly remain the same, with a new eight-speed automatic transmission replacing the old five-speed auto in the 2014 model. But with an all-new Mustang just around the corner and the Camaro not far behind, has Dodge gone far enough in updating the Challenger to keep it relevant and competitive?

By Aaron Bragman | July 21, 2014 | Comments (1)

Dodge Prices 2015 Challenger Lineup

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Dodge's iconic muscle coupe will flex its way into dealerships later this summer, but it won't necessarily stretch your budget on the base-model end with a starting-price increase of only $500. The 2015 Challenger starts at $27,990 (all prices include a $995 destination charge).

2015 Dodge Challenger: First Look

The Challenger is available with four different powertrains, starting with the base SXT model, followed by R/T, R/T Scat Pack and SRT 392, and the much-hyped, 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat. SXT models again come with a 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 305 hp and 268 pounds-feet of torque. New for 2015 is an eight-speed automatic transmission that Dodge says boosts fuel economy by as much as 11 percent; last year's version was EPA rated at 18/27/21 mpg city/highway/combined.

Standard exterior features include a 1971-inspired split satin-chrome grille, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels, a "power bulge hood" with twin functional intakes and power body-colored folding heated side mirrors. Inside the SXT comes with cloth seating, a stamped aluminum instrument panel bezel, a six-way power driver's seat, a six-speaker audio system, dual-zone temperature control, keyless entry with push-button start and a leather-wrapped tilt/telescoping steering wheel and shift knob.

By Matt Schmitz | July 17, 2014 | Comments (2)

Photo Gallery: 100 Years of Dodge

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The Dodge brand just celebrated its 100th anniversary by throwing a party at Meadow Brook Hall, a historic mansion built by the widow of one of the brand's founders in suburban Detroit. The media was invited to see where the brand has been during the last 100 years in preparation for the relaunch of the marque as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' North American performance brand

Dodge Means Performance: SRT Comes Back to the Fold

On hand were a collection of Dodge's most notable concept cars from the last 20 years, as well as something truly special — another collection of just over two dozen historically significant vehicles from the company's own museum. Vehicles ranged from an original 1915 Dodge Brothers Touring car to a smattering of late '60s/early '70s muscle cars, right up to more modern cars like the latest Charger. Even more remarkable — they were there for journalists to drive on short loops around the mansion's grounds. Have a look through the photo gallery to get a glimpse of some classic Mopars.

By Aaron Bragman | July 15, 2014 | Comments (7)

Recall Alert: 2011-2014 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee

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Vehicles Affected: More than 651,000 model-year 2011-14 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs manufactured between Jan. 5, 2010, and Dec. 11, 2013

The Problem: Wiring for the vanity lamp in the sun visor could short circuit after a service repair is performed, increasing the risk of a fire.

The Fix: Chrysler will notify owners starting in August, and dealers will inspect and repair any damaged wiring and install a new sun visor that properly routes the wire for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exceeds 700 hp

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When a small hammer isn't getting the job done, the most obvious solution is to get a bigger hammer, right? Dodge is bringing out its biggest hammer with the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat — its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 makes a whopping 707 horsepower. Dodge says it's the most powerful V-8 it's ever produced and the most powerful muscle car ever.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exhaust Note Video

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Photo Gallery

The full 707 hp is unleashed when drivers use a red key fob; the second black key fob lowers output to a measly 500 hp. Is it overkill that the black key loses 200 horsepower and still has more power than a regular 485-hp Challenger SRT? Hell, no; bring it on. The Challenger SRT Hellcat hits dealerships in the third quarter of 2014. There's no word yet on pricing.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Joe Bruzek | July 2, 2014 | Comments (10)

Recall Alert: 2009-10 Dodge Journey, 2008-2010 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 438,000 model-year 2009-10 Dodge Journey crossovers manufactured between June 29, 2007, and June 17, 2010, as well as model-year 2008-10 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans manufactured between Jan. 26, 2007, and June 17, 2010

The Problem: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a road condition that could jar the vehicle may cause the ignition switch to move out of the Run position, turning off the engine and disabling safety systems like airbags, power steering and power braking. This is an expansion of a previous recall, and Chrysler said the issue has been linked to two rear-end collisions.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the ignition switch for free. NHTSA is cautioning owners to remove all items from their key rings, leaving only the ignition key.

What Owners Should Do: Chrysler has not yet announced an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Chrysler at 800-853-1403 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Jennifer Geiger | July 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

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