Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: 707 hp. family sedan – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Charger — grandly billed by Dodge as the world’s only four-door muscle car — is about to get its own supercharged SRT Hellcat model. The Charger will get the same new high-tech, 707 horsepower, 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 that will power the previously announced Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

And full-size family sedan, due in the first quarter of 2015, even is a hair faster than the its sportier coupe brother. Dodge says that the Charger scored a National Hot Rod Association-certified quarter-mile time of 11.0 seconds with its Pirelli P Zero street tires.

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That beats the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.2 seconds on its P Zeros. However, the Challenger, due on sale in the fourth quarter, did a 10.8 quarter-mile with drag radials. So we guess Dodge can stick with its initial “fastest muscle car ever” slogan for the Challenger Hellcat.

“For the last eight years, a large part of the Dodge Charger’s successful formula has been its many personalities. It’s a muscle car, a performance sedan, a family capable sedan; its success is that it can be any or all of those things, depending on how the customer chooses to equip their car,” said Tim Kuniskis, CEO of the Dodge and SRT brands, in a statement.

The Hellcat Hemi in these cars puts out a brutal 650 lb.-ft. of torque and Chrysler Group says it is the most powerful V-8 it has ever produced. It is mated to a heavy-duty 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters that Dodge says is “capable of delivering fuel-efficient street driving” (but not if we’re driving).

With 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers (Chrysler’s biggest ever) up front to haul it down, the Charger version does 0 to 100 to 0 mph in under 13 seconds. Top speed is 204 mph.

The Charger SRT Hellcat model gets a number of exterior design flourishes to let folks know you have something different under the hood, including its own aggressive front and rear fascias and a bulging aluminum hood with a scoop and heat extractors

The Charger rolls on 20 x 9.5-inch forged aluminum wheels and has an adaptive damping suspension. The car features pre-set drive modes — sport, track, default and, yes, eco — plus a custom option that lets the driver mix and match the settings for horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction and suspension.

Inside, the Hellcat has all the expected Charger tech and touch-screen infotainment, plus upgraded materials, a 900-watt stereo and sports features such as a 7-inch configurable digital gauge cluster and leather and Alcantara suede sports seats.

And like the Challenger, the Charger Hellcat comes with two key fobs – a red one for you, a black one for the valet that makes the beast much tamer.

Pricing and fuel ratings are to be announced.


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