As we’re in the grip of all things American, thanks to the Monterey Car Week, there’s not a better time to learn about another Hellcat edition Dodge. The new Charger SRT Hellcat uses the same 707hp, 650lb ft supercharged 6.2-litre V8 that’s found under the bonnet of the Challenger Hellcat, but this time wrapped in a smaller four-door body.
The Charger therefore becomes the world’s fastest and most powerful saloon ever, with a top speed of 204mph and a quarter-mile time of 11.0sec. No 0-60mph time has been released, but attempting a quick sprint from rest is likely to reduce tyre life significantly…
Other things to note include the 15.4in Brembo brake discs and six-pot calipers (the largest brakes fitted to any Chrysler group car) and the same 8-speed automatic transmission you find in the Challenger Hellcat.
Two keys are supplied; the black one offers reduced power, the red one the full 707hp. There’s also a valet mode, activated and deactivated with a PIN, which restricts power and limits revs to 4000rpm. Every body panel has been changed, with extra vents and bulges, and the lighting becomes LED front and rear.
But who cares about LED lighting when you have 707hp as a selling point? We thought that was incredible in the Challenger; in a D-segment saloon, it’s comically insane.