When Dodge first announced its Challenger SRT Hellcat, it said the supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi V8 would produce ‘over 600bhp’. That was coy… the figure has now been released, and it’s 707! Take a moment to let that sink in.
Alright, we have to quote hp to break the 700 mark (it’s 697bhp). But let’s not rain on the Challenger’s parade; it’s the most powerful muscle car ever, elbowing out the 662hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 that held that title previously. Just remember to use the red key fob to unleash the Hellcat’s full fury – it will also come with a black key that limits output to 500bhp.
Either way, all power will go through the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Assuming the Hellcat will be comfortably sub £100k (pricing for the US market will be announced ‘in the next month or so), and to that you’d need to add the cost of personally importing one to the UK), it will continue the muscle car tradition of offering huge amounts of power affordably. Look elsewhere for similar power figures and you’re knocking on the door of the likes of the McLaren P1 (727bhp), Lamborghini Aventador (710bhp) and Aston Martin One-77 (750bhp).
Any chance of throwing us the keys when it’s on sale later this year? The red one, obviously…