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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Charger Hellcat Hits 60 in Under 3 Seconds, But It Might Be Even Faster


    News that the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat does 0-60 in 2.9 seconds and the quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds made the Internet explode in a frenzy yesterday. But did you know it might be even faster than previously thought?

    In a report by TorqueNews, it was found out that the Hellcat wasn’t run full throttle during testing. You heard me — it wasn’t running at full throttle.

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    Here’s how TorqueNews explains it: “… when Chris Cowland pointed out that the trap speed is usually 6-7 miles per hour faster, it brings into question that 10.7 quarter mile elapsed time. If you listen to the audio in the video below, you can clearly hear the Charger let off towards the top end of the track and that is likely why it ‘only’ trapped 120 miles per hour.”

    With that report, it’s safe to say that a 10.7 quarter mile isn’t just a one-time thing, it could probably do it even quicker. Somewhere near 10.5 is more likely. That’s damn impressive for a full-size sedan that’s probably going to cost about $60,000.

    Fortunately, I’ll be driving the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat at Summit Pond Raceway in West Virginia in a few weeks, and I’ll do my best to replicate those numbers. Or more accurately, I’ll push the Charger to a point where my common sense allows.