For those who want to get their hands on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat we have good news as the muscle car is on its way to dealerships. According to the manufacturer, over 4,500 orders for the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat were received in just five days after orders opened in September.
As you may already know, the Challenger SRT Hellcat starts at $59,995 in the United States, including the $2,100 gas-guzzler tax ($,1700 gas-guzzler tax on models equipped with an automatic transmission), but excluding the $995 destination charge.
The vehicles will be easily distinguished thanks to the 6.2-liter HEMI V8 Hellcat engine that produces 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The engine makes the Challenger SRT Hellcat the fastest mucle car ever with a Hot Rod Association-certified ¼-mile elapsed time of 11.2 seconds at 125 miles per hour (mph) with stock Pirelli P275/40ZR20 P Zero tires.
Engine is bolted to a six-speed manual transmission or to a segment-exclusive TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission. Fitted with the automatic transmission, the Challenger SRT Hellcat returns a fuel economy of 22 mpg on the highway and 21 mpg when using the six-speed manual transmission.
To develop and refine the new, aggressively functional exteriors of the Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT Hellcat, the engineers and designers from both Dodge and SRT dedicated 35 percent more time on the current models than with the preceding versions working in the Chrysler Group's full-scale wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Their re-engineering efforts resulted in a new and more aerodynamic Challenger with matching capabilities for an exhilarating road or race track drive.
Viewed from the front, the redesigned fascia and new vertical split-grille are inspired by the 1971 model but expressed in a more modern and intimidating way. The power-bulge aluminium bonnet is now larger, with a dedicated "cold-air" intake reminiscent of the original 1966 Viper coupe style.
New Challenger SRT Hellcat bonnet also has dual air extractors for effective engine compartment cooling with less air turbulence. The bonnet comes in body colour or in a Satin Black finish and its aluminium construction contributes to making both Challenger SRT models lighter in weight.
A further new conspicuous design element on the Hellcat-engined model is the exclusive Air Catcher inlet port on the driver-side parking lamp. It allows direct ram-air flow to the engine air box.
The frontal appearance also looks more menacing due to the new quad projector headlamps with intimidating brow “chops” at the upper part.
Challenger 392 SRT’s integrated projector fog lamps are situated at the lower corners, emphasising the vehicle’s width as they illuminate the road. Streamlining is also enhanced by a new duck-bill fascia splitter.
Hellcat-powered model’s front splitter is larger for reducing lift through optimal downforce.
The cars’ side views display distinctively brusque proportions with prominent thruster rear-quarter panels. The fender and belt lines converge at the front and rear ends, making the cars look sleeker.
Challenger SRT Hellcat is distinguished from the other Challenger models by its "SUPERCHARGED" fender badges. Its black sills have been refined through wind tunnel development to enhance streamlining, and they also bring attention to the muscle coupe’s proportions.