The SRT Charger Hellcat and its Challenger cousin are indisputably the most batshit American cars you can buy. Why? The 707 HP supercharged V8, blown up in beautiful detail here. Can you identify all the parts?
Sure, it's a sublime thing to see a really well-executed burnout. The sublimation of tire meat into noise and smoke is a ritual that pleases Velocitor, the Many-Wheeled One, God of Speed. And it's great to see one done by a factory-approved professional, like Dodge provided earlier this week.
Extremely sad news today for anyone who loves watching the Dodge Viper dominate its competition in road racing: Chrysler announced today that they will end their SRT Motorsports program in IMSA at the end of 2014.
SRT boss Ralph Gilles put his GoPro on a Challenger Hellcat and went after a Cadillac CTS-V running on slicks at Grattan Raceway. Best day at work? Best day at work.
It's one of the best looking cars at the Lone Star Le Mans weekend. It's one of the best sounding cars here, too. Oh, and there's two of them.
Some days are good, some days are bad, and some days you hang out with a MOPAR-obsessed WWE champ in a monsoon. But there was one thing left to do. Here ya go.
So I guess it's time to talk about this engine. Although simply calling it an engine is like calling Goldberg a wrestler. I'd be doing both a massive disservice, because Goldberg is a renaissance man and the Hellcat's V8 is the fifth most powerful production engine in the world.
Yes, yes. Seven-hundred-seven horsepower, 650 lb-ft of torque. It's all very impressive. But just as impressive is how that power gets to the rear wheels. Goldberg and I drove the manual version out to the track, and the six-speed felt oddly familiar. There's a reason for that.
You bet your ass I'm fired up about Dodge's 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat-powered Challenger SRT. 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque is nothing short of absurd in a car. Now it's time for Chrysler to prove they've completely lost their shit and stuff that engine into a pickup truck.
When the Dodge Vipers won Le Mans oh so many moons ago, they wore red paint and white stripes. The SRT Vipers in the TUSCC series were silver and blue and bleh. But SRT is gone, Dodge is back, and what was once bleh is now crazy awesome.
Recently we learned that Dodge is seriously upping its muscle car game with the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The coupe will sport a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 with north of 600 horsepower. That's the most powerful V8 Chrysler has ever made. Great. Swell. Neat-o. Now bring on the sedan.
The new supercharged, 600+ horsepower, 6.2l V8 that you'll be able to get in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat needs a lot of air. How much air? Enough that they put an intake RIGHT IN THE CHALLY'S EYEBALL.
The upcoming Challenger SRT with the Hellcat Hemi will make nineteen hundred horsepower, official reports confirm. No wait, that's not right. Fourteen thousand horsepower. No, wait. 600+ horsepower. Close enough.
Chrysler's experiment of making SRT it's own brand and making the Viper its halo car is done. SRT and the SRT-branded Viper are dead. Long live the Dodge Viper.
The best part about Chrysler's Chicago Auto Show "demo ride" was how nice the inside of a current Durango is. We got to spend a few minutes pushing the buttons and feeling the surfaces, during which the Chrysler rep at the wheel confirmed a Durango SRT is in the works.
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SRT (you might remember them as part of Chrysler, but now it's sort of its own brand, even though everything except for the Viper is really just a hot version of another Dodge or Chrysler or Jeep, so just go with it) just debuted this ad campaign explaining what it really means to love the motor vehicle.