Last year, when the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was unleashed upon the masses, Dodge made a pretty big deal about how it was the “quickest, fastest, and most powerful” production sedan in the world. That’s a pretty hefty claim, and though we weren’t disbelievers, we wanted to see the proof.
Let’s tick the boxes. With 707 horsepower, the Charger Hellcat is the world’s most powerful production sedan. With an NHRA-certified quarter mile time of 11 seconds, it’s also the quickest. And thanks to the new footage from Dodge, the Hellcat is certifiably the world’s fastest too. Take a look.
Filmed on July 24, 2014, Dodge tested a production-spec prototype Hellcat around the Transportation Research Center’s 7.5-mile banked oval track near Columbus, Ohio. Two passes, with and against the wind, were recorded (206.9 mph and 202.2 mph, respectively) and the average equated to a staggering 204.55 mph.
That would be exemplary for a lithe sports car, but it’s simply unbelievable for a full-size four-door sedan that costs only $64,000.
Pirelli supplied the specially designed tires, which Dodge affirms are the world’s only four-season tires rated for 200 miles per hour. Luckily Dodge didn’t have to test that all-season durability – the ambient temperature that day was a comfy 60 degrees.