2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
The SRTs, Hellcats and SRT Demons lay enough fire to create another hell. These are actually a hell of a muscle car. While the other variants of the GM borrow the SRT badge for their performance machines.
Well, the SRT Hellcat is the finest car from the Dodge Challenger series. It is a model from the fourth generation Dodge Challenger. Although, the fourth generation kicked off in 2008. But the SRT Hellcat was released in 2015. The model was launched alongside the SRT 392 to replace the SRT-8. Well, before the SRT Hellcat, the SRT-8 was the performance version of the Challenger series.
The SRT Hellcat is a conventional Challenger. Although it has the similar body styling, interior and mechanics. But everything has been improved to accommodate the monstrous Hemi V8 engine.
Further, the SRT Hellcat has featured in a number of comic appearances and motorsports. The SRT Hellcat featured in Gingerman Raceway, Hockenheim Short, and the Motown Mile. In addition to that, it even has been featured in a number of automobile magazines. And it has been put into competition with its German counterparts.
Well, the Dodge Challenger has a sibling as well. It is not from its own series. Instead, it is from the Dodge, the Charger SRT Hellcat. Beside the exterior and interior design, both the SRT Hellcats share the same drivetrain. And even the performance of both the vehicles is same.
The term Muscle car is actually extracted from the performing machines of the past. The Voodoos and the Sabers carried massive engines to organize a power show. But the base models of the muscle cars today could mere show some performance. That is why the cars like Challenger SRT Hellcat are launched.
|6.2 L||6 – speed manual |
8 – speed automatic
|707 hp||650 lb – ft|
|0 – 62 MPH||Top Speed||Body Style||MPG|
|3.6s||201 mph||Coupe||13 city/ 22 highway|
Hood of 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Our first drive of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was as same as the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. When used the Red key fob to ignite the engine. The engine growl was a bit different. But the idle RPMs were as same as they are in Charger. At least, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the true sibling of the Charger SRT Hellcat.
This was the 8-speed automatic SRT Hellcat. The launching was perfect. It took 3.6 seconds to roll from 0 – 60 mph. And at the 11th second, we reached the quarter mile. Thanks to the Pirelli Drag tires, that allowed us a good 0.3 seconds jump. Otherwise, the stock tires take some way above the 11 seconds.
Finally, after moving through a long straight strip, we reached 201 mph. While we were told that Challenger SRT Hellcat can touch 202 mph. And the Charger cannot do that because of its massive weight. But still, we pry out to reach this segment. Well, first we would thank Dodge for bringing in the Hemi V8 in the Challenger series. This 6.2 L supercharged monster has 707 hp of power at 650 lb – ft of torque. This is certainly a well-stated performance.
During our test, we moved this monster into the urban streets. The handling was perfect. It felt quite soft and swayed with every swing of the steering wheel. And ultimately there was the time when we had to bring this muscle to rest. Thanks to the huge Brembo brakes that can stop this car in 109 feet from 60 – 0 mph.
But still, it felt much like we were driving the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
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2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exterior
The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is styled like the other Challengers. But it has some differences that are actually made for the Hemi V8 engine. Like, on the front, the inner lights have been removed to make a ventilator for the engine. This helps the engine cool timely, and respond promptly.
The next big change is the wheels. The SRT Hellcat gets the 20-inch alloy wheels. The standard is matte black forged slingshot wheels. While a number of optional wheels are available for this car. The front grille features the retro design of 1971. It has the similar splits like the one in the 70s.
The bonnet gets a huge hood. It is yet another engine coolant. And somehow, it even participates in the aerodynamics of the SRT Hellcat. Well, Dodge has really created a beast. The SRT Hellcat is wider than rest of the models of the Challenger series. It is mainly because of the huge 6.2 L Hemi V8 engine.
Well, the styling does deserve a full round of applause.
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Interior of 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
The interior of the Challenger SRT Hellcat is certainly parallel to the other models of this series. But it is sportier than they are. Rather, it hosts an upscale interior. But still, it is a Dodge Challenger.
It has sportier seats and a different coloring schedule. Like the color, the contrast has a variation for a darker cockpit. Even the sound system is really awesome in this Challenger. But there is not much difference available in the interior. Yeah, in a way, it is wider than the other model of the Challenger series.
Features of 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Well, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat does have the retro design. But it does not mean that it is an outdated car. It has everything that the modern cars have. Like it comes with the 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment system. Along with that, you get your very own driving tester that makes you record your lap scores. Further, the SRT Hellcat has the 7-inch driver’s cluster display with customizable options.
The key fobs are the most lovable technological features of SRT Hellcat. The Black Key fob restricts speedy driving. The Challenger SRT Hellcat delivers a maximum of 500 hp with this key fob. While the Red Key Fob enables the full performance mode.
Well, the SRT Hellcat even have some distractions. Like the speedometer falls almost 7 – 10 mph short to the actual speed.
2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Safety
Unlike the old muscle cars, the SRT Hellcat has everything to keep you safe. First of all, it is the driver’s own responsibility to drive safely. But the automobile companies know that driving enthusiast at time misses the cautious driving.
Well, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has pretty fine passive safety inventory. It has ample amount of airbags, seat belts are good and occupant safety is fine. Along with that, you get a number of add-ons for the active safety. While on the standard you get the cruise control, dynamic controls and grip match.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
We have the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to compete with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Well, the GT500 does not really look like a muscle car. But still, it is a muscle car. Certainly a 21st Century Muscle Car. And it is even quite stable, powerful and a fun to drive a car. And in many ways, it overtakes the Challenger SRT Hellcat.
If you are a retro muscle lover, then Challenger SRT Hellcat could be a good choice. But if you need some real power deal, then look for some other options.
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Many Police departments choose to run Ford vehicles due to reliability and performance, not only in the US, but around the world. We don’t condone evading the law, but the only acceptable cars for outrunning an interceptor are Junior Johnson’s 1940 Ford or a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Our friends in the Netherlands have been planning this comparison for some time, since the Shelby GT350 is a rare car in Europe. It makes 526 hp at a screaming 8,200 rpm. The main disadvantage of the flat-plane engine is only 429 lb-ft of torque. In order to leave the fuzz in the dust, any habitual offender should consider the Challenger Hellcat. It offers 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Numbers don’t lie, but the Dodge has a weight penalty of almost 800 lbs. Applying such tremendous power on anything other than a straight line has been problematic, and compared to the carbon fiber wheels on the GT350, it’s safe to say the Police have an advantage in the corners. If you are a Mopar fan, you should watch the 1971 film “Vanishing Point”. It will put the Hellcat’s abilities into perspective. We applaud the American loving nature of this film from hartvoorautosNL, and we look forward to more great comparisons from them. Our dealers will help you find the perfect Mustang or Challenger for you, so please take a look at the listings below.
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While the allure of the wheelie poppin’ and production-car-record-settin’ SRT Demon is strong, most of us hoping to put SRT’s new top dog in our driveway won’t get the chance; only 3,300 examples have been earmarked for production. But us performance enthusiasts have a viable alternative with the new Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody, a model not constrained by production limitations, which also happens to offer nine-tenths of the Demon’s performance and looks.
More importantly, rather than being solely focused on drag strip supremacy, the Widebody continues the Hellcat’s tradition of being a Jack-of-all-trades – a superlative grand tourer that packs some serious track capability, whether that be on a road course or a quarter mile at a time.
Still, some of the Hellcat’s charm has always been tied to its slightly unhinged nature, due in no small part to Dodge’s decision to send 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque to 275-mm-wide rear rubber. Does the additional grip and bulging bodywork result in a better Hellcat, or has the message been lost in translation? I headed to Indianapolis to put the car through its paces on the street and around Indy’s GP circuit to find out.
Getting the most out the Hellcat has always involved a measured use of the loud pedal. While the car features some sophisticated traction and stability control software, when driving hard, there’s always a sense that it could deliver even more impressive performance if it could simply get more of the power to the ground. This sentiment was clearly echoed by SRT’s engineers, considering they decided to take a Sawzall to the fenders in order to get more tire under the car for Demon duty.
“This car isn’t trying to be a Mustang GT350 or a Camaro 1LE” – Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands, FCA North America
While that provides clear advantages for off-the-line acceleration, it bodes well for lateral grip and braking as well – assuming the car is properly set up for such demands. “This car isn’t trying to be a Mustang GT350 or a Camaro 1LE,” explained Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands for FCA North America. “But while we always knew that with more tire it would be in the 10s, we underestimated how much better it would handle.”
Now armed with 20x11-inch wheels wrapped in fifth-generation Pirelli P Zero performance tires that measure 305/35R20 at all four corners, not only does the Widebody tear down the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds (an improvement of 0.3 seconds over the standard Hellcat), it’s also roughly two seconds per lap faster around the 1.7-mile road course at the Chrysler Proving Grounds. That’s a substantial amount of time to pick up around a relatively short race track from a simple wheel-and-tire change.
Firing up the 6.2-liter boosted Hemi and rolling out onto the road course for a warm-up lap, it’s clear that the additional grip and new steering system haven’t reinvented what the Challenger SRT Hellcat is at its core: a big, sedan-based coupe with a lot of power, a lot of brake, and a lot of personality.
Pick up the pace, though, and the merits of the additional rubber start to become clear. Though the suspension is unchanged, the wider contact patch allows one to brake later, carry more speed through the corners, and get back on the throttle with more confidence that the car won’t end up sideways at each corner exit. Though the fundamentals here haven’t changed, these improvements stretch the threshold of grip to a tangible degree, making the car both faster and more forgiving.
Along with the new shoes and 3.5-inch wider stance, the Hellcat Widebody also gets electrically assisted power steering (standard Hellcats remain hydraulically assisted). Often maligned for a lack of communication through the steering wheel, electrically assisted steering has come a long way in the past few years, and the Widebody’s now offers drivers the ability to choose between three different levels of steering weight, a feature that will likely be a greater tangible benefit to most drivers than any perceived loss of steering feel during at-limit maneuvering.
The other good news is that out on the streets of Indianapolis, the wider Hellcat’s behavior is essentially identical to that of its standard-fender brethren, offering excellent ride compliance from the three-mode Bilstein dampers, while avoiding the tramlining that often plagues cars with wide section tires and aggressive suspension tuning.
Opting for the Widebody package will add a $7,300 premium over the price of a “base” Hellcat, bringing the total to $72,590 with the $1,700 gas guzzler tax and destination. That seems like a significant ask for what essentially amounts to fender modifications, wheels, and tires, but it’s still more than twelve grand under the MSRP of the Demon, and you’d be unlikely to score one of those near Dodge’s suggested asking price – if you can find one at all.
For those who plan to spend more time at the strip than the road course, it’s also worth noting that because they share common rear end components and rear brakes, the Demon’s 18x11 wheels and specially constructed Nitto drag radials will bolt right up to a Hellcat Widebody’s rear hubs (they’ll “fit” on a standard Hellcat too, but will rub during suspension jounce according to SRT engineers). That wheel-and-tire setup alone is likely worth several tenths of a second in the quarter mile, potentially landing the Hellcat Widebody in the mid-10 second range with a simple rear wheel and tire swap that can be procured directly through Dodge. While that’s not quite Demon-caliber performance, it’s a hell of a lot by any other production car measure.
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