When the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was announced, the folks at Chrysler merely said it would have more than 600 horsepower. Turns out they weren't kidding. It's going to have about 700 horsepower. (Update: It's official, the Hellcat has 707 horsepower and 650 pound feet. See the video below.)
Seven. Hundred. Freaking. Horsepower.
I'm excited but I'm also deeply, deeply terrified.
A source familiar with the company says the vehicle will produce over 700 horsepower, probably 702 horsepower, and that Chrysler is planning to announce the accomplishment on Monday, July 7, or 7/7. A spokesperson for Chrysler declined to comment.
This will make the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8-powered Hellcat the most powerful American production car ever built, besting both the Shelby GT500, the Corvette Z06 and Dodge's own Viper. I guess we'll find out more next week.
God Bless America. God Bless Hellcat.
Update: Reader Blake Wilcox spotted this video from Chrysler where they announce the car's official power figure: 707 horsepower. Good gravy! Dodge's official press release also revealed the torque figure: 650 pound feet. That is staggering.