How does 707 hp sound to you? Chrysler is claiming a bunch of “mosts” with the debut of the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. “Most powerful Challenger ever,” “Dodge’s most powerful V8 ever” and “Most powerful muscle car ever.”
We haven’t seen weight numbers yet on the 2015 Dodge Challenger, but we’re guessing it will be heavier, not lighter than the 2013 core SRT we tested a year ago (that weighed 4,100 pounds). If the 2015 ends up weighing 4,300, say, 4,450 with a driver in it (I’m eating a lot these days), than we should see, what, low 11s from the Challenger? That’s Viper territory, which means if there’s a future for the snake, we’ll see even more from that. This is crazy! We love it.
You and I both know that it’s never taken hot rodders long to bump-up power numbers, and that production cars are conservatively tuned by necessity, so if 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque isn’t enough for you in the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, we should see some real insanity once the tuners get a hold of the supercharged 6.2L Hemi Hellcat engine.
The real questions we should be asking are “How much horsepower can the new eight-speed TorqueFlite transmission handle?” and “How are we going to put that power to the ground?” I guess if you’re scared you could just drive it with the black key fob, which limits horsepower to 500. [Ed. Note: The eight-speed transmission architecture is rated by ZF to handle 738 lb-ft]. Personally, I’m all red key, all the time. Lemme at them ponies.