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Thursday, August 14, 2014

707-hp Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat roars to life as the world's fastest sedan



Alas, it looks as mean as it is. Like all 2015 Charger models, the Hellcat model benefits from heavily refreshed front and rear styling that came along with the 2015 mid-cycle update, then adds an even more imposing front end that divides the nose into two primary areas: a gaping lower air intake and a pocket-style grille spanning the headlamps.

Above that is a Viper-inspired hood treatment with its huge Naca duct feeding air to the supercharger flanked by two air extractors. From the rear view—most likely the view we’ll be seeing most—you’ll see a unique rear bumper with diffuser elements and more aero ducts, as well as dual four-inch exhaust tips, smoked “racetrack” taillamps and a one-piece, body color rear spoiler.

A lowered suspension drops the body onto the same “slingshot” 20-inch forged wheels as the Challenger Hellcat, all of which are wrapped in standard Pirelli PZeros of summer- or all-season varieties.

And since fast cars need to stop just as quickly, the brakes are Brembo six-piston calipers up front and four-piston calipers in back, clamping down on two-piece Brembo discs that are the largest Dodge has ever installed on a car.
Inside, the Charger Hellcat benefits from the numerous interior upgrades Dodge made to the Charger line for 2015, including as a slick new instrument cluster, improved materials and a T-handle shifter for the automatic with more natural operation than before.

 The Hellcat also gets its own flat-bottom three-spoke steering wheel, heated and ventilated sport seats in front and a heated rear bench seats, all upholstered in black or sepia Nappa leather, or an optional two-tone black and red faux suede if you’re feeling racy.

And the Charger Hellcat will also feature the same red key/black key system as the Challenger Hellcat. You'll want the red key, since it unlocks all 707 hp, while the black key turns the engine down to 500 hp, for when you need a tamer pet.
Certain details remain TBD, including actual pricing and EPA fuel economy estimates, but we estimate that the Charger Hellcat will cost around $65,000 including a certain gas guzzler tax.

 Dodge said that the Charger Hellcat will go on sale during the first quarter of 2015 as a 2015 model, and that contrary to rumors that the Challenger, it will not place a cap on production for either this or the Challenger Hellcat.