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Old 07-22-14, 09:27 AM   #121
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limited or not, they'll sell every one of them for that price and power
With such a limited run they'll be marked up by some dealerships.
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Four Engines, Eight-speeds and up to 707 Horsepower: Dodge Announces Pricing for Its New 2015 Challenger Model Lineup

Starting later in the third-quarter, Dodge is unleashing the Most Powerful and Fastest Muscle Car ever, along with the most capable and technologically advanced Challenger lineup ever – with a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,995

The Dodge and SRT brands now offer the most complete lineup of muscle cars, loaded with even more performance, technology and world-class hardware:

New 2015 Challenger SXT models with award-winning 305 horsepower Pentastar V-6 engine, new and segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission, more technology features, even more performance equipment available, plus up to an EPA estimated 30 mpg on the highway

Nearly $4,000 in added content over previous entry Challenger model providing nearly $3,500 of added value year over year

New 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T models feature the high-torque 5.7-liter HEMI® with up to 410 lb.-ft. of torque, new segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed or standard six-speed manual transmission and two new R/T Shaker models for all-out throwback style

New Challenger R/T Scat Pack features a 6.4-liter HEMI with best-in-class 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, delivering 0-60 mph in the low 4-second range with up to 25 mpg highway with a starting U.S. MSRP of $38,495

Driven by the five SRT performance hallmarks, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and Challenger SRT Hellcat are designed and engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupes on the market with performance-enhancing technologies inside and out

New Challenger SRT 392 delivers 485 horsepower, plus new six-piston front Brembo brakes, 20 x 9.5-inch wide forged wheels, 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, three-mode adaptive suspension and all-new Drive Modes to personally tailor the driving experience with a starting U.S. MSRP of $45,995

America's most powerful muscle car ever: all-new Challenger SRT with the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine, produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque and recently achieved an NHRA-certified 10.8 second quarter mile time (on drag radials), is available with a starting U.S. MSRP of $59,995

New 1971-inspired exterior and interior design features an unmatched array of personalization options, including a wide range of colors, stripes and wheels to create the perfect combination of fun, nostalgia and power

This segment-first and segment-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission delivers world-class precision and up to an 11 percent improvement in fuel economy, along with sport mode and paddle-shifting capabilities for more performance

Significant new technology upgrades feature all-new Uconnect Access system with standard touchscreen, standard new 7-inch multi-view TFT gauge cluster, new performance electronic shifter, Keyless Enter 'n Go with push-button start

Challenger sales have doubled since 2009; set an all-time record in 2013

July 16, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Dodge brand is putting all car enthusiasts on notice with its new 2015 Dodge Challenger lineup, delivering more performance, precision and world-class technology features, including the segment's first TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the most powerful muscle car ever, the new supercharged 707 horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat model, all to build on the storied nameplate's record sales and continuous growth since its 2008 return. And with a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $26,995, the 2015 Dodge Challenger is more than a legendary icon, it's an attainable dream car.

"The Dodge Challenger has been on a tear – setting an all-time sales record in 2013 – its fifth year on sale," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "For 2015, the new Challenger is the most powerful muscle car ever, the fastest muscle car ever, and now our icon is also the most capable and technologically advanced ever, with a starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price of $26,995."

Pedal-to-the-floor, not letting up

Dodge is building on tremendous momentum as it introduces the new 2015 Challenger. The previous-generation Challenger scored five solid years of continuous growth. Sales doubled between 2009 and 2013 in a segment that saw just a 10 percent increase in the same period. In fact, in its fifth year in the market, when most cars are on their natural decline curve, the Dodge Challenger set an all-time sales record in 2013.

Looking to the future, the standard specialty segment in which the Challenger competes is projected to grow substantially in the United States. With nearly 430,000 units sold last year, the segment is up 10 percent since 2009 and is projected to grow 42 percent in the next five years, giving Dodge, and its new 2015 Challenger, a huge opportunity to grow with it.

Muscle-car enthusiasts who have flocked to the iconic Dodge Challenger since its introduction in 2008 now have even more reason to love their favorite muscle car with the addition of the 2015 Challenger 6.4-liter Scat Pack model, a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, up to 11 percent fuel efficiency improvement and a host of driver-centric upgrades with its all-new interior.

The powerful and efficient 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 in the SXT and SXT Plus generates 305 horsepower and up to an EPA estimated 30 mpg on the highway – an improvement of up to 11 percent. Those looking for even more power will want the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 punching out 375 horsepower with 410 lb.-ft. of torque. And the enthusiast can now get behind the wheel of a best-in-class 485-horsepower and best-in-class 475-lb.-ft. of torque 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 Scat Pack that gets up to 25 mpg on the highway. For those who want nothing less than the ultimate in performance the most powerful muscle car ever, the all-new 707 horsepower SRT Hellcat delivers on all accounts.

In addition, America's true GT muscle car also offers an unmatched array of personalization options, including a wide range of colors, stripes and wheels – 12 wheel designs to select from – to create the perfect combination of fun, nostalgia, and power in one car.

The segment's shot-caller

Dodge isn't just bringing a new Challenger into the muscle-car segment for 2015, it's calling the shots in a segment that commands bragging rights.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – starting U.S. MSRP of $59,995
- Most powerful muscle car ever
- Most powerful Challenger ever
- Most affordable +700 horsepower car in America
- Most horsepower-per-dollar in America
- Dodge's most powerful V-8 ever
- Unprecedented and best-in-class 707 horsepower
- Unprecedented and best-in-class 650 lb.-ft. of torque
- World's first application of TorqueFlite "8HP90" ultra-high performance eight-speed transmission
- New class-exclusive standard 7-inch multi-view cluster with "tic-toc-tach" gauges
- New class-exclusive available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker models – starting U.S. MSRP of $38,495
- Best-in-class 485 horsepower
- Best-in-class 475 lb.-ft. of torque
- Segment-first TorqueFlite "8HP70" high performance eight-speed transmission
- Improves fuel economy up to 8 percent, no gas-guzzler tax penalty
- Up to 25 mpg highway
- New class-exclusive standard 7-inch multi-view cluster with "tic-toc-tach" gauges
- New class-exclusive available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen

Dodge Challenger R/T models – starting U.S. MSRP of $31,495
- America's most affordable V-8-powered muscle car, delivering up to 410 lb.-ft. of torque
- Segment-first TorqueFlite "8HP70" high performance eight-speed transmission
- Segment-exclusive "Shaker" hood with functional engine-mounted scoop (late availability)
- New class-exclusive standard 7-inch multi-view cluster with "tic-toc-tach" gauges
- New class-exclusive available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen

Dodge Challenger SXT models – starting U.S. MSRP of $26,995
- Standard with the segment-first TorqueFlite "845RE" eight-speed transmission
- 305 horsepower and up to 30 mpg highway
- New class-exclusive standard 7-inch multi-view cluster with "tic-toc-tach" gauges
- New class-exclusive available 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen

New Safety & Technology

The new 2015 Dodge Challenger features a standard 7-inch thin film transistor (TFT) reconfigurable gauge cluster, new 5-inch or 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screens, as well as available Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, rain-sensitive windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlamps, blind spot monitoring, rear cross path detection.

2015 Challenger models make dream cars a reality

The Dodge and SRT brands now offer the most complete lineup of muscle cars, loaded with even more performance, technology and world-class hardware:

Challenger SXT

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT features the award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar engine with 305 horsepower and 268 lb.-ft. of torque as the standard engine paired with a new standard TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission. On the exterior, standard features include 1971-inspired split satin chrome grille and split LED-illuminated tail lamps, automatic bi-function projector headlamps with halo LED surrounds, bright chrome fuel filler door with heritage "FUEL" lettering, dual exhaust with bright tips, 18-inch aluminum wheels in a premium Satin Carbon finish and P235/55R18 BSW all-season performance tires, new more prominent power bulge hood with twin functional intakes, power body-color folding heated mirrors, and two-speed variable intermittent mode wipers.

On the inside, the 2015 Challenger features an all-new interior with premium cloth seating in Houndstooth or Torque, stamped aluminum instrument panel bezel, 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) configurable cluster display, six-way power driver's seat, Uconnect 5-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/Bluetooth, media hub with SD card, USB and auxiliary inputs, six premium speakers, Bluetooth handsfree phone, auto-dimming rearview mirror with microphone, dual zone automatic temperature control, 160 mph primary speedometer, Keyless Enter 'n Go with push-button start, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping three-spoke steering wheel with vehicle controls, leather-wrapped shift ****, rear 60/40 split-folding rear seat with armrest and cup holders providing room for five, full-length floor mounted center console, cell phone storage, 12-volt power outlet, front and rear climate control outlets, climate outlet with Challenger logo, LED-illuminated cup holders, LED front map lamps, LED rear-reading courtesy lamps, automatic dual-zone temperature controls, cabin-air filtration, Satin Silver door-lock *****, luxury front and rear floor mats. Standard safety features include six airbags, a four-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS), all-speed traction control system (TCS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), Brake Assist, electronic stability control (ESC), brake/park interlock, brake override and much more.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT has a starting U.S. MSRP of $26,995 (excludes $995 destination), including the standard eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic. The 2015 Challenger SXT includes nearly $4,000 of added content, providing nearly $3,500 of added value year-over-year.

Challenger SXT Plus

The Challenger SXT Plus delivers all the standard features of the SXT and adds premium amenities inside and out, including 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with graphite pockets and P245/45R20 BSW all-season performance tires, performance suspension and brakes, projector fog lamps, a deck-lid rear spoiler with ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera. On the inside, premium Nappa leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats with four-way power driver lumbar adjustment, heated steering wheel with power tilt and telescope, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/SiriusXM Radio, Bluetooth, 3-D navigation-capable and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call/Assist Call, six Alpine speakers with 276-watt digital amplifier, Hectic Mesh aluminum bezels, bright pedals and universal garage door opener.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT Plus has a starting U.S. MSRP of $29,995 (excluding $995 destination), including the standard eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic. The SXT Plus includes $6,400 of added content year-over-year, representing over $4,700 of added value.

New options for 2015 include the Super Track Pak, which is available for the first time on the Challenger SXT and SXT Plus. It includes unique 20-inch Hyper Black aluminum wheels, high-performance brakes, high-performance steering, performance suspension, Dodge Performance Pages, body-color rear spoiler, ParkView and ParkSense for $1,600.

Additional options include unique body-side stripes and the Cold Weather Group, which includes heated front seats and heated steering wheel.

Challenger R/T

Designed for the performance enthusiast, the R/T builds off the SXT and adds the legendary 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine with cold-air induction delivering 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque, Tremec six-speed manual transmission, standard 3.90 limited-slip rear-axle ratio, performance dual exhaust with low-restriction resonators and chromed exhaust tips, projector fog lamps, "R/T" grille badge, "HEMI" hood badge and standard 20-inch Satin Carbon aluminum wheels with P245/45R20 BSW all-season performance tires and bright pedals.

The new TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission is available on the R/T model and paired with the 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 (372-horsepower, 400-lb.-ft. of torque) includes Sport mode and Fuel Saver Technology with four-cylinder mode and interactive Decel Fuel Shut Off (iDFSO).

The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T has a starting U.S. MSRP of $31,495 (excluding $995 destination), positioning it as America's most affordable V-8 muscle car. The Challenger R/T includes $4,750 of added content year-over-year, representing $3,550 of added value.

Challenger R/T Plus

For drivers who want even more premium refinement and details paired with their powerful HEMI® V-8, the 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus adds standard 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with graphite pockets with P245/45ZR20 BSW three-season performance tires, premium Nappa leather seating in Black, Black with Pearl or Ruby Red, heated and ventilated front seats with power four-way lumbar, heated steering wheel, power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/HD radio/SiriusXM Radio/Bluetooth/3-D navigation-capability and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call/ Assist Call, six Alpine speakers with subwoofer and 276-watt digital amplifier, Hectic Mesh aluminum interior bezels, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera and universal garage door opener.

Fans of Challenger's past will want to opt for the Challenger R/T Classic Package, which adds heritage classic "Challenger" script badging on the fenders, dual 'R/T' side stripes, 20-inch polished forged aluminum classic-styled five-spoke wheels, HID headlamps, and high-performance Nappa leather seats with Axis II suede inserts.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Plus has a starting U.S. MSRP of $34,495 (excludes destination). The Challenger R/T Plus includes $6,250 of added content year-over-year, representing $4,050 of added value compared to last year.

Challenger R/T Scat Pack

Adding to the R/T, the all-new Challenger R/T Scat Pack model adds a 6.4-liter HEMI V-8 engine with 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque,6.4-liter Scat Pack fender badging, 180 mph primary speedometer, high-performance suspension, active stainless steel performance dual exhaust system, performance front splitter, satin black decklid spoiler, Brembo four-piston high-performance brake package, new 20-by-9-inch polished aluminum wheels with black pockets and BSW three-season performance tires, Dodge Performance Pages, Uconnect 8.4-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM/SiriusXM Radio, Bluetooth, 3-D navigation-capability and Uconnect Access with 9-1-1 call/Assist Call, six premium speakers with 276-watt amplifier, high-performance premium cloth seats with Ballistic 2 inserts and Tungsten accent stitching and 220 am alternator.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has a starting U.S. MSRP of $38,495 (excluding $995 destination, includes $1,000 gas-guzzler tax and standard manual transmission).

The 2015 Challenger R/T Scat Pack with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission has a starting U.S. MSRP of $38,895 (excluding $995 destination) and gets up to 25 mpg highway.

The Challenger R/T Scat Pack includes more than $4,700 of added content from the 2014 SRT Core, with a price reduction of nearly $2,800, representing more than $7,500 of added value.

Available on the Challenger R/T Scat Pack is the Leather Interior Group, which includes high-performance Nappa leather seats with Alcantara Suede inserts, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and power tilt and telescoping steering column for $1,500 MSRP. Also available is the Scat Pack Appearance Group, which includes new 20-by-9-inch matte black lightweight forged-aluminum wheels, gloss black grille, HID headlamps, Scat Pack Bumble Bee Rear Stripe and Satin Black Fuel Filler Door for only $1,995 MSRP.

Challenger SRT 392

The Challenger SRT 392 is powered by a 392 cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 engine with 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, increases of 15 horsepower and 5 lb.-ft. of torque over 2014 model year. Building off the Scat Pack, the SRT 392 features a unique Viper-inspired hood with functional center intake, unique 20 by 9.5-inch wide "Slingshot" forged Hyper Black aluminum wheels with new P275/40ZR-20 Pirelli tires, the largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle – including 15.4-inch front brakes, Brembo 6-piston Calipers with 2-piece slotted and vented rotors, High Performance adaptive dampening suspension, rear body-color spoiler, SRT performance pages with launch control, 18-speaker 900-watt Harman Kardon Premium Audio System, high-performance Nappa leather seats with Alcantara inserts, heated and ventilated front seats, unique flat-bottom three-spoke heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with power tilt and telescoping, red push button start and available twin, full body stripes in Black Satin Gloss or Silver High Gloss.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 has a starting U.S. MSRP of $45,995 (excluding $995 destination, includes $1,000 gas-guzzler tax and standard manual transmission).With all of the new standard equipment and no gas guzzler tax on models equipped with an automatic, the 2015 SRT 392 includes more than $8,900 of added value.

With the new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, the Challenger SRT 392 has a starting U.S. MSRP of $46,395 (excluding $995 destination) with up to 25 mpg highway.

Newly available for 2015 is the ultimate luxury of Laguna leather on the seats and door panel inserts and the ability to customize with Ruby Red seat belts.

Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Challenger SRT Hellcat with the all-new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine, produces an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful muscle car ever and the fastest muscle car ever with an NHRA certified 10.8 second quarter mile time at 126 mph on drag radials. For first time in Chrysler Group history, the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat comes standard with two key fobs to control engine output -- red fob and black fob. Drive Modes tailor driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension and are pre-configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while Custom option lets the driver customize their favorite settings. The unique power-bulge aluminum hood has dedicated center air intake, dual air extractors and can be finished in body color or Satin Black. Also differentiating the Challenger SRT Hellcat are the "air catcher" inlet port, which feeds ram-air directly into engine air box through driver-side parking lamp, "Slingshot" forged-aluminum wheels with Matte Black or Brass Monkey/dark bronze finish, a larger front splitter, "SUPERCHARGED" fender badges, black side sills and a unique, taller rear spoiler with raised SRT logo.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever – with power and performance figures once reserved for exotics, has a starting U.S. MSRP of $59,995 (excluding $995 destination, includes $2,100 gas-guzzler tax; $1,700 gas-guzzler tax on models with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic).

Personalization and high-impact heritage hues keep it hot

Like all Dodge muscle cars, the Challenger is known for rocking some of the most recognizable paint colors in the automotive world. The 2015 model year continues this tradition by bringing Sublime Green and B5 Blue paint hues back into production, joining Bright White Clear Coat, Redline Red, Pitch Black Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, TorRed Clear Coat, and Phantom Black Tri-Coat and Ivory White Tri-coat.

Challenger paint choices can be accented by a variety of striping schemes, providing instant customization from the factory. Stripe options include:

- Challenger SXT / SXT Plus body-side stripe in Satin Black
- Challenger R/T hood stripe with "R/T" logo in Satin Black
- Challenger R/T Classic "A-line" body-side stripe in Satin Black
- Challenger R/T Classic "A-line" body-side stripe in White
- Challenger R/T Classic "A-line" body-side stripe in Gloss Red
- Challenger R/T Scat Pack rear-quarter Bumble Bee stripe in Satin Black
- Challenger R/T & 392 HEMI Shaker graphics in Satin Black with a matching spoiler and Gloss Black fuel door
- Challenger SRT 392 twin, full-body stripes in Satin Black
- Challenger SRT 392 twin, full-body stripes in Silver High Gloss

Completing the muscle-car appearance are 12 wheel options, including 11 different 20-inch wheels with six lightweight forged aluminum wheels for the hardcore enthusiast.
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Darrell Waltrip once said, "If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting." The sentiment behind that aphorism is causing my adrenal gland to wake up as Dodge and SRT drivers and engineers – somber-faced to a man – give me the track talk that will precede my driving the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT on the circuit at Portland International Raceway. PIR might not be Daytona, and the 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat might seem tame to a legend like ol' Jaws, but there's a not-small part of me that's thinking about how hard Dodge's fire-breathing kitty might bite.

Just a few hours previous, I'd gotten behind the wheel of the Hellcat for the first time, letting its hyperbole-spitting, supercharged V8 Hemi pull me yieldingly through Portland's morning commuter traffic. Lulled into a cocky certainty by the Challenger's good manners at low speed, I drove the throttle just a hair too deep, too fast when I ran on to the highway ramp. For just an instant the rear tires were utterly drenched in torque, and the back end of the big Dodge loosened up like a drift car on a wet track. Throttle steer lives at the fleeting whim of your right foot in this car.

It was no big thing to lay off the gas and pull the Hellcat back in line as I entered the highway, but the incident did get me to thinking: What will this car do to me on a road course?

With the track talk ended, I picked up a helmet and a head sock – stand-ins for the whip and the chair every good lion tamer needs – hoping like hell I wouldn't end up as a gravel-track snack for the new biggest predator in the muscle car circus.

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The race amongst the Detroit Three to offer the most outlandish pony car has been heating up for some time, as you well know. Chevrolet will sell you a Camaro ZL1 that produces a bruising 580 horsepower and sprints to 60 miles per hour in under four seconds, while Ford's outgoing Shelby GT500 makes an astonishing 662 hp on 93 octane fuel, and still tops the list in terms of power-to-weight for under six figures.

Until today, the Dodge Challenger's efforts in the 21st-Century Pony Wars have been stylish and quick, but ultimately lagged behind Ford and Chevy fare. The most potent Challenger 392 was anything but slow in its last, 2014-model-year iteration, but its naturally aspirated Hemi V8 was never quite stout enough to pull its two-ton curb weight into contention with its top-flight rivals.

Just a few weeks ago, Dodge put the performance-motoring community on notice that it wouldn't accept third billing any longer, revealing that its supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine would kick out an astronomical 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers are not only good enough to wallop the ****-of-the-walk GT500, they make some supercars start to feel a mite less exotic as well.

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The Lamborghini Aventador makes seven fewer horsepower and 141 fewer pounds-feet of torque while costing seven and a half times more than the Hellcat's $59,995 sticker. The McLaren 650S is some 60 hp shy and about five times the cost, while the Ferrari 458 Speciale can't even muster 600 hp for almost $300,000. In fact, even in today's horsepower-happy climate, you're really looking at spending a half million or more if you want to climb the 700-hp mark in a straight-from-the-factory product.

Unless you dial up your local Dodge dealer, that is.

SRT has gone far enough into the bonkers realm with the Hellcat engine for Dodge CEO Tim Kiniskis to credibly call this a "science-project car." Sure, the cast-iron block may still be powder-coated in the same orange as Hemi engines past, but technology abounds in this supercharged 6.2-liter V8. The forged-steel crankshaft is ultra hard and durable; the pistons are of forged-alloy construction and connected to powder-forged rods; heat-treated, aluminum alloy cylinder heads offer "superior thermal conductivity" and the hollow-stem exhaust valves are sodium cooled in an engine where heat buildup is a very real issue. And, of course, SRT has built a supercharger to beat the band. The twin-screw blower displaces 2,380cc of air per rev, creates a regulated max boost of 11.6 psi, and sounds like the Devil riding a bobsled from Heaven to Hell when it's fully maxed out at 14,600 rpm.

I made a few hilarious attempts to unleash all of the new Hemi's power from a standing start, and the result, predictably, is the near-instant liquefaction of a lot of good, expensive rubber. Fun, but slow, as you can see below.




No, better use of the massive torque – all 650 pound-feet of it available at 4,000 rpm – is found in the impressive lurch forward when the throttle is matted at highway speeds. With the steering wheel pointed straight ahead, the only issue with accelerating for a pass in the Challenger SRT is staying near enough to the speed limit that you might not lose your driver's license if police radar is on hand to track you. From a 60-mph start, the Hellcat needs only the merest insinuation on the gas to bolt to triple digits. I've driven a handful of 200-mph cars before, but few of them seem to offer up the possibility of the double ton in real-world circumstances like this Dodge. I'm not saying I could hit the 199-mph limit, but I am saying the Hellcat didn't stop pulling hard before I chickened out (or on the track, ran out of tarmac).

PIR was the destination for the afternoon, but I was able to fill the morning by testing the Hellcat's legs on some truly lovely roads along the Columbia River. Anyone that has traveled this way knows that both the Oregon and Washington sides of the river are blessed with driver's roads as good as just about any in the country, albeit dotted with slow-moving sightseers and tourist-choked vista stops, as well. Truth be told, the stop-and-go traffic punctuated with the occasional fast corner and nuanced river bend, made for a great use of the Challenger's performance suite.

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In the wide-open spaces that run over hill and through pine forest around the Columbia, the SRT proved itself remarkably quiet, relaxed and easily tractable from sweeper to sweeper. Sure, when I dug into the Hellcat's power reserves, the exhaust note and supercharger whine were more than enough to wake any sleeping passengers, but as a kind of American grand tourer, this Challenger should have few equals.

The road surfaces were mostly well maintained and smooth on our river route, and didn't offer much to upset the ride quality of the Challenger, either at pace or when cruising. Dodge's new Drive Modes (Default, Sport and Track) alter shift speeds, steering weight, traction control and suspension response in the SRT, and the middle Sport mode proved well suited to occasionally aggressive cornering, without letting much road harshness filter in by way of the seats or floorboards. The long, wide coupe still has a lot of body to be piloted from corner to corner on the really tight sections of the road, but the truth is that it responded with neutrality and quickness at a moderate pace.

"Nimble" wasn't the word that sprung to mind after turning more than 100 miles on public streets, but "confident" would be a fair one.

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In terms of a big GT car (in addition to a bragging-rights muscle car), Dodge has done the Challenger a service in terms of renovating its interior, too. A large, bright, and easy-to-operate UConnect infotainment screen lords over the center stack and offers a wealth of infotainment options to go with a great supply of vehicle settings. There's an aluminum bezel that bejewels the instrument cluster, and another one that wraps around the controls and cupholders on the central tunnel. As ever, the SRT seats are beefy and comfortable, but with enough lateral grip to keep all but the skinniest drivers from sliding around under a cornering load. Dash and door plastics have been given a glaze of rubbery texture that exudes higher quality than in the outgoing car, but what's impressive in the sub-$30k base of the model range does feel a bit underwhelming in a $60k-car. The company clearly put most of the Hellcat-specific budget in the engine – and I'm fine with that.

Of course, it looks the part, too. I'm convinced that a lot of Challenger's success up to this point has been its striking use of 1970s design cues with enough modernity to keep non-Baby Boomers interested. The 2015 Challenger doesn't change much of that, but it does amp up the equation, especially in Hellcat guise, with a revised front end, halo-ringed headlamps and a mean-***, hood-mounted NACA duct sucking in as much fresh air as you're willing to feed it. Fittingly, along with the new wheels and revised bodywork, SRT has made sure the engine bay drops jaws when the hood is popped.




Eventually, over the next months and years, we'll bring you plenty of tales of this newest Challenger, in all of its trims and with each one of its engines, and will, I'm certain, reinforce to you that it makes a very fine, fast road car. But I started this tale with a racetrack, and it's on some kind of track that Dodge believes a lot of its eventual Hellcat owners will find themselves. Muscle car or no, all that power makes this the closest thing to a road-legal-racecar Challenger since the swanky '70s.

And, like another racing luminary, Richard Petty once pointed out, "The good Lord doesn't tell you what His plan is, so all you can do is get up in the morning and see what happens next." In other words, I had to track the thing.

PIR is a nearly two-mile track with very little elevation change, a meandering back section and long, near-straights on either end of the start/finish line. Half of it makes the Hellcat feel like a hero, while the other half calls into question the physics behind a massive engine sending monumental power to just the rear wheels of a 4,400-pound muscle car.

At every point of interaction on the circuit, I found the Hellcat experience to be more or less dominated by the omnipotence of the 6.2 Hemi – for good and for bad. Turn 8 is a very shallow S-curve that sets one up for the great, long sweeping Turn 9, where I progressively became braver, faster and less concerned about planting the passenger-side headlight into the concrete wall directly off the right hand side. The aforementioned worried driving instructors had set up a very conservative braking box coming out of 9, but even at my fastest tilt, I never once mistrusted the tremendous braking force under my foot.

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Dodge has fitted crazy-huge 15.4-inch front rotors with six-piston calipers to retard the SRT's copious power, along with 13.8-inch discs and four-piston calipers on the rear. The result of all the stopping power (and the grippy, 275-section Pirelli PZero tires) was braking response that, on few occasions, left me just as short of breath as the standing starts had earlier. I was never allowed more than four consecutive laps of the two-mile course at a go, but in that timeframe (and under heavy use all day), the brakes never seemed to wilt, either.

I can also offer full-throated enthusiasm for the Torqueflite eight-speed automatic transmission. With Track mode engaged, the automatic programming was quick to respond to requests for more power, never seeming to be caught wrong-footed on any section. Still, shifting for myself was more enjoyable (even though that mostly meant third and fourth gear at this venue), and the autobox was ultra responsive in that task, too. Dodge will sell you a Hellcat with a six-speed manual transmission, as well, but I wasn't ever in the right car at the right time to sample that hand-shaker on the circuit. Next time.

With all the good that the SRT team has wrought here, there's still no getting around the fact that the Challenger is not a natural racecar – at least for someone who is unused to pushing American-iron-heaviness from curb to curb. As I mentioned earlier, the Hellcat is almost always up for a throttle-induced bout of oversteer, so holding the go-pedal steady while taking a quick line through the half-circle corners that make up PIR's Turns 4, 5, 6 and 7 proved, well, challenging. Even with plenty of grip available most of the time, there's so much weight constantly desirous of changing direction that hustling the Dodge in the twisty bits left me either too slow or out of sorts upon exit. The steering is quick enough, but numb, which didn't help speed me up, either.

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I'll be the first person to tell you that some of that slowness is down to me being the driver. It's like Buddy Baker once quipped, "He ran out of talent about halfway through the corner." I can own that. But it's also true that the Hellcat, for all of its phenomenal power, isn't the kind of thoroughbred that makes its driver better on a track day.

I actually think that's fine, too. This is, after all, a muscle car, guys. And where the mission of cars like the Camaro Z/28 and Ford Mustang Boss 302 have expanded the scope for traditional nameplates, there's more than enough room for the bigger personality of this hellacious Mopar, too.

Dodge has taken the car-interested world by storm with this Challenger SRT Hellcat, creating a buzz for the entire model range that should do exciting things for the Dodge brand in 2015. The SRT can truthfully boast of being the world's top-dog muscle car, as well as one of the most impressive performance-per-dollar cars, well, ever. As the front man for this exciting new generation of super pony cars, I expect it to dominate the conversation for the foreseeable future and be easily tracked by the cloud of smoke and sizzle of rubber it leaves in its wake.

Welcome to first place, Hellcat.

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You can't get any more old-school than the latest Dodge Challenger they said. The retro design, powerful HEMI V8s (Hellcat or not) and optional Scat Pack performance stage kits are enough, they said.

Well, what kind of old-school Dodge Challenger would be complete without an iconic shaker hood? None, thinks Dodge's Mopar arm, which earlier today launched the Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit, which will be available for a MSRP of $2,660.

“With the Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood kit, enthusiasts can create their own customized Dodge Challenger, upgraded with Shaker performance and appearance,” said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO—Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and customer-care brand.
“The Mopar Challenger Shaker Hood Kit offers easy assembly and is designed and tested according to strict Chrysler Group engineering standards to perfectly complement the production Dodge Challenger, setting the kit apart from aftermarket options. We’re committed to supporting performance and our company’s strong muscle car heritage,” added Gorlier.
If some of you remember, the limited-edition 2014 Mopar Challenger also featured a Satin Black Shaker hood scoop, but the 100-model production run sold out in a single day.

Those 100 clients will probably feel a bit let down now that the kit has become an option on any Challenger with the 5.7-liter HEMI. Consisting of a Shaker Induction Kit and a Shaker Hood Kit, the new option can be added on any 2011-2014 Dodge Challenger 5.7 HEMI and it can also be used in conjunction with the Dodge Scat Pack performance stage kit. Power to the people!
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Thought I'd read somewhere a 0-60 time of 4+ seconds with the launch mode actived? If so, it would be really sad for the hopes of having a good challenger. With the extreme amount of power it produces, it can't get any traction and is too heavy compared to rivals.
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The lack of AWD to put that power down is why I hope they put this engine in the Grand Cherokee. Doing so would seriously up the game in the performance SUV market. 707hp awd SUV = winner

I bet that challenger was a blast to drive!
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Dodge will auction the first production 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat at the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas event in September. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the not-for-profit Opportunity Village organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area.

The first production 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat features Viper-exclusive Stryker Red paint, special Hellcat badging, specific VIN0001 documentation build package and additional one-of-a-kind memorabilia. This unique version will be in fact the only Challenger to ever have a Viper-exclusive Stryker Red exterior and will be hand-painted at the Dodge Viper paint facility.

“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.

“The 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,” he added.

The auction package includes a HEMI painted presentation box with a VIN0001 electronic vehicle build book and video documentary, still shots and vehicle footage. It also contains an authentic Challenger SRT Hellcat embossed Laguna Leather iPad sleeve, a signed SRT Hellcat lithograph and unique “birth certificate” for VIN0001.
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The wait is over: Justin Bell gets behind the wheel of a game changer, the one and only 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Sit back, relax, and turn-up the volume as Justin lays down rubber and exhaust notes in the 707 HP muscle car of dreams.
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As the owner of two Dodge Challengers, the original and a 2008 model, Jay Leno couldn’t ignore the launch of the most powerful Challenger ever, the SRT Hellcat.

The 707hp Dodge Challenger paid Leno a visit along with Dodge President & CEO Tim Kuniskis, who pointed out some interesting things about the muscle car.

The Challenger SRT Hellcat tips the scales at 4,400 lbs (1,996 kg), which combined with the 707hp produced by the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine, means that Dodge had to fit the biggest brakes ever mounted on a production Chrysler Group vehicle.

Another interesting point about the car is that engine power can be dialed back to 300 or 500 horsepower, if for some reason the driver feels the need to do so. Find out what else the Challenger SRT Hellcat can do from Jay Leno’s video posted below.
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