Posted Byfeedback@highgearmedia.com (Bengt Halvorson)
Would you pay $60,000 for a brand-new, factory warrantied car with 707 horsepower? The 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is the most powerful muscle car ever, and Chrysler has priced it at just $60,990, including destination.
If you haven't heard about the Hellcat, it takes Challenger SRT goodness and gives it a steroid injection with the first-ever factory fitment of a supercharger on a Mopar muscle car, on a reengineered 6.2-liter Hemi engine, that can altogether belt out a whopping 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.
Those are numbers that beat all but the upper echelon of Italian exotics. And at 60 grand for the Hellcat, which arrives at dealerships this fall, it seems like a steal. The rest of the 2015 Dodge Challenger will be offered in SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Scat Pack, and SRT 392 models, and they're arriving to dealerships soon.
And as before, there are lots of personalization extras, as well as individual and packaged options. R/T Scat Pack: The other performance bargain?
New this year and especially of interest to enthusiasts on a little more of a budget is a Challenger R/T Scat Pack model that brings a lot of the features of last year's SRT model, with the 6.4-liter 'Apache' Hemi engine now making 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque; 0-60 mph numbers roll in the low four-second range, and Chrysler estimates that it will get up to 25 mpg highway.
It starts at just $39,490 that's nearly $3,000 less than last year's SRT Core. The base-level Dodge Challenger starts at just $27,990, including the 305-horsepower Pentastar V-6 and newly standard eight-speed automatic transmission.
SRT Plus models are the models for those who want a lot of convenience features, as they step up to 20-inch polished alloys, Nappa leather seating, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, the 8.4-inch version of Uconnect, Alpine sound, rear parking sensors, a backup camera, and a garage-door opener. R/T models get the 5.7-liter Hemi V-8, at 375 hp and 410 lb-ft, as well as a new eight-speed automatic transmission, a multi-view instrument cluster, an available Shaker hood, and the larger Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system.
Above the Scat Pack, the SRT 392 also gets the new 485-hp Hemi, plus a new Viper-inspired hood, Brembo six-piston calipers, an adaptive-damping suspension, SRT performance pages with launch control, special high-performance Nappa leather seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, 900-watt Harmon Kardon audio, and more. All said, it's $46,990.
On all these models, the 2015 Charger lineup gets a significant refresh this year, design-wise; with new styling for the front and rear ends that looks even more focused back on 1971 and '72, as well as an interior that also takes lots of retro cues but gets far classier and more cockpit-like, with soft-touch materials throughout as well as updated infotainment and display the Charger is roughly the same size looks sharper, wider, and simultaneously more aggressive and refined.
Colors for the lineup dig deep into the 'high-impact' retro vault once again and include hues like Sublime Green and B5 Blue, as well as Bright White, Redline Red, Pitch Black, Granite Crystal, Billet Silver, Jazz Blue, TorRed, Phantom Black, and Ivory White.
You can complement those colors with factory-original striping or graphics with plenty of choices, especially at the R/T and SRT level. And across the lineup, there are 12 different wheel options, with eleven different 20-inch wheels.