Read the complete Dodge Challenger Hellcat review at AutoGuide.comHell Hath No Fury like a Muscle Car Scorned
by Mike Schlee
In 2005 Ford started a muscle car revival. Retro styling breathed new life into the Mustang and the pony car market as a whole. In 2008 Dodge re-entered the modern muscle car arena with the Challenger and Chevrolet followed shortly after with the 2010 Camaro.
Since then Ford and Chevrolet have been locked in a battle of one-upmanship releasing special editions like the Mustang Boss 302, Camaro ZL1, track ready Camaro Z/28 and monstrous 662 HP Shelby GT500 Mustang.
While this battle raged on, the Challenger was relegated to the sidelines, quickly becoming the forgotten middle child of the pony car world. Well, enough is enough and for 2015 Dodge is out for blood. As an appetizer, the Scat Pack returns and sees the 6.4-liter V8 and other goodies added to the Challenger R/T. But the car stealing all the headlines is the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Blowing the lid off the horsepower wars, Dodge has shoved a ferocious 6.2-liter supercharged V8 under hood that makes an insane 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. That is more power than a Lamborghini Aventador and a lot more than Chrysler’s halo car: the Viper.
To achieve such ridiculous power, Dodge started with the SRT 392 6.4-liter V8 and gave it a complete overhaul that saw 91 percent of the engine’s components replaced. Along with the addition of a supercharger, twin intercoolers using a completely closed-loop cooling system were added. Even a special 0W-40 synthetic oil formula had to be created by Pennzoil to keep this monster well lubricated.