Dodge to auction first production 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

Article by Christian A., on July 27, 2014

Dodge announced that at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction, which will be held September 25-27 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, it will auction the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001. This one-off special edition carries the 0001 vehicle number (VIN) and according to the manufacturer it will never be another like it.

The 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 is dressed in a Viper-exclusive Stryker Red paint, comes with a special Hellcat badging but also with a specific VIN0001 documentation build package and additional one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

The auction package includes a HEMI painted presentation box with a VIN0001 electronic vehicle build book and video documentary, still shots, vehicle footage, an authentic Challenger SRT Hellcat embossed Laguna Leather iPad sleeve, a signed SRT Hellcat lithograph and unique “birth certificate” for VIN0001.

The one-off vehicle comes with a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 engine that generates 707 hp and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. The engine is bolted to a TorqueFlite 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission with RPM matching downshifts that helps the Challenger SRT Hellcat run the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds at 126 mph or 202 km/h.

In addition, the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat comes with 15.4-inch Brembo front disc brakes with two-piece rotors and six-piston calipers hidden behind the 10-inch lightweight matte black forged aluminum wheels.

2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat engine features, as standard, all-new 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers – the largest front-brake package made available in an SRT vehicle – that allows for excellent heat management, thermal capacity as well as longevity. This brake package is only available on the 392 HEMI SRT, as part of the SRT Track Pack. Furthermore, SRT tuned new anti-lock braking system (ABS), ESC as well as traction control systems to suit certain tire and powertrain configurations.

Compared with the previous generation of the Dodge Challenger SRT, the time spent by Dodge and SRT designers and engineers in the Chrysler Group's full-scale wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Michigan, is 35 percent longer. This gave them more time to develop and refine the exteriors on the new Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT Hellcat, allowing these models to offer an optimal aerodynamic performance whether on the road or on the race track.

New Challenger SRT is inspired by the 1971 model, evident on its new fascia and new vertical-split grille. It also takes some inspiration from the first Viper coupe of 1996, in particular the dedicated "cold-air" intake on the larger, power-bulge aluminum hood.

The hood – finished in body color as standard or in optional Satin Black -- of the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has dual air extractors that enable a more effective heat removal and air turbulence reduction in the engine bay. Both the Challenger SRT and the Challenger SRT Hellcat are provided with weight-saving all-aluminum hoods.

Press Release

One-of-a-Kind 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat VIN #0001 to be Auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in September for Charity

Dodge will auction the one-of-a-kind VIN #0001 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever built, during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction, which will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the auction on Sept. 27, will benefit the not-for-profit Opportunity Village organization of Las Vegas.

The one-of-one special-edition VIN #0001 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® V8 engine has an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 126 mph, and 707 horsepower with 650 lb.-ft. of torque on tap right from the assembly line. Adding to the exclusivity, the donated muscle car will be the only Challenger to ever have a Viper-exclusive Stryker Red exterior – hand-painted at the Viper paint facility – and will include special Hellcat badging, specific VIN documentation and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.

“The 2015 Challenger Hellcat is already guaranteed to be one of the hottest cars that will roll through the Barrett-Jackson auction lanes in decades to come,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT Brands, Chrysler Group LLC. “VIN #0001 being auctioned this year is the ultimate one-of-one collectible 2015 Dodge Challenger, as Dodge is ensuring there will never be another one like it.”

The Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN #0001 has a class-exclusive TorqueFlite® 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission with RPM matching downshifts, 15.4-inch Brembo® front disc brakes with two-piece rotors and six-piston calipers, the largest brakes ever offered by Chrysler Group, and 20-by-9.5-inch Matte Black Slingshot wheels.

It will have a newly designed interior trimmed in premium Black Laguna leather on performance-oriented seats. A SRT flat bottom steering wheel coms standard along with a Tic-Toc-Tach gauge cluster with unique red display and 200 MPH speedometer. A modern dash layout with 8.4-inch touchscreen providing all of the technology features one would expect, and an authentic forged-aluminum supercharger plenum cover under the hood.

The auction package includes a HEMI Orange painted presentation box with VIN #0001 electronic vehicle build book and video documentary, still shots, vehicle footage, an authentic Challenger SRT Hellcat embossed Laguna Leather iPad sleeve, a signed SRT Hellcat lithograph and unique “birth certificate” for VIN #0001.

Barrett-Jackson is waiving all bidding and consignment fees, so 100 percent of the sale price will be donated to Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area. A prototype 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat was on display at the Dodge booth located in Hall 3 during the second annual Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson from July 31 to Aug. 2 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.

“With 707 horsepower, the 2015 Dodge Hellcat is more than just the most powerful muscle car built by an American manufacturer,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “It’s also going to be the means to help countless people with severe intellectual and related disabilities reach their potential. We’re honored that Dodge chose our 2014 Las Vegas auction to sell Hellcat VIN #0001 to support Opportunity Village. Not only will the wonderful people at this organization benefit from the sale of this muscle car, but the winning bidder will own a truly amazing piece of American automotive history.”

“We are so unbelievably thankful for the support of Dodge and Barrett-Jackson,” said Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director, Opportunity Village. “We are touched by their amazing generosity and support of our mission here to support individuals with disabilities by giving them the chance to lead independent and fulfilling lives.”

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