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Hennessey Challenger SRT600, Exclusive First Pictures And Power Numbers

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Wert may have gotten a thrill from that stock 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8, but some owners are going to demand more power. That's where the Hennessey Challenger SRT600 comes into the picture. Last week we showed you first pictures of it undergoing the transformation into a turbocharged monster and now we've got pictures straight from Hennessey HQ of the car in final trim. We've also got dyno numbers from yesterday's testing to answer the obvious question: How much power is going to those fat rear wheels? Read on.


Here's what Hennessey found on their dyno: On the first pull, the Challenger put down 527 HP (rear wheel) and 575 lb-ft of torque. The second time they were able to squeeze out 536 HP (rear wheel) and 582 lb-ft of torque.


The SRT600 is going to get its debut at their track this weekend during the Midnight 1320 drags so we'll have a better idea of how well that power gets to the ground. Either way, we can say that this Challenger is going to be quite the sleeper driving around town.

(also see our tour of Hennessey HQ, Future Hennessey Plans and Weird Hennessey Vehicles)

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Pretty cool stuff, I would really like to know how they're handling the engine computer situation. Unless Chrysler started releasing code like GM does I doubt much has changed from the other SRT8 vehicles. A friend of mine worked for Mopar and he was amazed at the number of "aftermarket tuning programs" that were dangerously close to causing serious damage.

Chrysler's ECUs are quite advanced, obviously Hennessey has done something to make it work if it put down that much power but I'd be really interested in what they did exactly.