2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Dodge has officially unveiled the most powerful vehicle to ever wear the Challenger name – the SRT Hellcat – complete with over 600 horsepower courtesy of a supercharged, 6.2-liter Hemi V8. It will be offered alongside the 485-hp Challenger SRT.

The new, force-induced V8 isn't just the most powerful ever fitted to the Challenger, it's the most powerful eight-cylinder Chrysler Group has ever built. Power figures aren't finalized, so expect to see "over 600 hp" bandied about quite a lot. That fury will be channeled through either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. Yes, over 600 ponies through an eight-speed auto. So far, the only vehicle we know of that delivers more output through that many gears is the as-yet untested Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Sadly, we don't have performance metrics just yet, although if this thing can't crack four seconds to 60 miles per hour, we'll be pretty surprised.

As is the theme nowadays, the 2015 Challenger SRT features a number of driving modes, governing power output, shift speeds for the 8AT, steering effort, traction control settings and suspension settings. There are three pre-programmed options – Default, Sport and Track – and a Custom mode that allows drivers to mix and match to their heart's content.

Like the Ford Mustang Boss 302, the SRT Hellcat will arrive with two keys, one red and one black. The red key is the one we want, as it unlocks the car's full potential, while the black key is more or less a valet key, limiting output of that supercharged beast under the hood.

Production will kick off at Chrysler's Brampton, Ontario factory in the third quarter of 2014.

Both the SRT Hellcat and the lesser SRT model will ride on unique 20-inch alloys. An eight-spoke design, wrapped in either Goodyear Eagle RSA2 all-seasons or Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires, will be offered on the naturally aspirated model. The Hellcat and Track Pack-equipped SRT will get wider 20s and Y-plus-rated Pirelli PZero Nero tires. Corralling the SRT Hellcat's 600 ponies will be the task of a set of 15.4-inch, two-piece Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers.

Finally, the SRT Hellcat's extra oomph certainly demands some aesthetic tweaks. On the exterior, a Viper-like hood scoop dominates the head-on appearance of the 600-hp Challenger. That functional scoop is flanked by an equally functional set of air extractors, while the new vertical-split grille is a styling item borrowed from the 1971 Challenger. And in case all this visual aggression isn't enough, Dodge has added a very, very conspicuous "SUPERCHARGED" badge to the Challenger Hellcat's fenders.

Production of the most powerful Challenger will kick off during the third quarter of 2014 at Chrysler's Brampton, Ontario factory. Expect pricing information to be released closer to launch. Take a look below for a video and the full press release on both the Challenger SRT and SRT Hellcat, and then hop up top for a gallery of images of the new tire-shredder.
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Dodge Unleashes Most Powerful Challenger Ever

All-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with 600-plus horsepower HEMI® Hellcat engine delivers unrivaled performance, race-inspired interior and new technologies geared toward the driving enthusiast
New 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat features the all-new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® – the most powerful V-8 engine Chrysler Group LLC has ever produced
New Challenger SRT's standard 392 HEMI V8 delivers 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of peak torque
Segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions available on both new Dodge Challenger SRT models
Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine features new Pirelli tire technology with class-exclusive standard Y-Plus rated four-season tires to help handle extreme loads
Both 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT models ride on new, SRT-exclusive forged-aluminum wheels
New Dodge Challenger SRT with the HEMI Hellcat features the largest front-brake package ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle as standard equipment
All-new, driver-focused cockpit is designed for true performance enthusiasts with stunning style, premium materials, world-class craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology
Functional, performance-designed exterior maintains Challenger's original muscle car heritage and key Dodge brand hallmark


May 20, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The newly consolidated Dodge and SRT brands are launching out of the gate at full throttle – introducing the new 600-plus horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine and its stablemate – the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT just one month after taking the wraps off the new Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI® Scat Pack Shaker at the New York Auto Show.

Driven by the five SRT performance hallmarks, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine are re-designed and totally re-engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupes on the market with performance-enhancing technologies inside and out. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will feature the most powerful V-8 engine ever produced by Chrysler Group – the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8.

"The new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the ultimate performance muscle car," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Dodge is the Mainstream Performance brand, and now combined with SRT, we are able to unleash a true GT car with an all-new driver-focused interior and the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission combined with the most powerful V-8 Chrysler has ever produced. The Challenger Hellcat has been released!"

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT coupes will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant. Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014.

Awe-inspiring powertrains

For 2015, the Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine is propelled by the new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8. Its 600-plus horsepower rating will be the highest of any V-8 engine in Chrysler Group's celebrated history. The all-new V-8 engine can be mated with an upgraded six-speed manual transmission or a beefy, new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic – the first such gearbox ever offered in the Dodge Challenger SRT's time-honored segment.

This new HEMI® Hellcat engine is Dodge and SRT's first application of V-8 supercharger technology, delivering the full brand experience with fresh potency.

The breakthrough supercharged engine features a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces. The result is a crank so well-engineered it can withstand firing pressures of 110 bar (1,595 psi) – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. And its unique, specially tuned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm.

High-strength, forged-alloy pistons – developed using advanced telemetry measurement – are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like-carbon-coated piston pins.

The new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 has premium-grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads that are optimized for superior thermal conductivity. And its die-cast aluminum rocker covers are HEMI Orange.

In addition to the supercharged HEMI V-8 in the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT model also gets a power boost with upgrades to the 392 HEMI V-8. Horsepower climbs to 485 from 470, while peak torque jumps to 475 lb.-ft. from 470 lb.-ft.

The 392 also can be mated with a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic or the proven six-speed manual transmission.

All-new Drive Modes tailor the driving experience to each individual driver

Whether its on-road or on-track, Challenger SRT owners can personalize their drive experience via the all-new Drive Modes feature. Drive Modes tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering (Challenger SRT only), paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension. Drive Modes are pre-configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while the Custom setting lets the driver customize the drive experience to their favorite settings.
Custom - Allows the driver to personalize the vehicle's performance
Sport - Delivers increased vehicle performance capability over the Default Mode
Track - Delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces
Default - Activates automatically when starting the vehicle
The Drive Mode feature is controlled through the Uconnect system and may be accessed by performing any of the following:
Pushing the SRT button on the instrument panel switch bank
Selecting "Drive Modes" from the "SRT & Apps" menu
Selecting "Drive Modes" from within the Performance Pages menu

Unlocking the power

For the first time in Chrysler Group history, the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine comes standard with two key fobs – red and black. The red key fob is the only key that can unlock the full horsepower and torque potential of the Challenger SRT Hellcat engine; while the black key fob limits the driver to a reduced engine output.

Valet Mode is offered on both Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine. When Valet Mode is activated, the following vehicle configurations are enabled:
Engine is remapped to significantly reduce horsepower and torque; limited to 4,000 rpm
Transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than normal
Transmission will treat the manual shifter position the same as the drive position
Traction, steering and suspension are set to their "Street" settings
Steering-wheel paddle shifters are disabled
Drive Mode functions are disabled
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is enabled to Full-on
Launch Control is disabled
The driver can activate and deactivate Valet Mode with a four-digit PIN code they create.

Outstanding ride and handling

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT rides on new, SRT-exclusive "77" eight-spoke 20 x 9-inch forged-aluminum "Hyper Black" wheels. Standard 245/45ZR20 (front and rear) Goodyear RSA2 All-Season or available Goodyear F1 Supercar Three-Season tires deliver serious grip and handling.

Standard wheels on the Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine are new SRT-exclusive "Slingshot" split-seven spoke 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels with a matte black finish; available on the SRT 392 as part of the SRT Track Pack. New P275/40ZR20 Pirelli P Zero Nero tires (front and rear) provide all-season traction while the newest tire technology from Pirelli includes the class exclusive four-season tire that is Y-Plus rated to handle the extreme speeds. Pirelli P Zero tires are available for three-season performance driving.

Available on the Challenger SRT Hellcat are 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels with a Brass Monkey/dark bronze finish.

Benchmark braking

Standard on the 2015 Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine is the largest front-brake package ever offered in an SRT vehicle, featuring all-new 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers for outstanding heat management/thermal capacity and longevity. This upgraded high-performance brake package is available on the 392 HEMI® SRT model as part of the SRT Track Pack.

New anti-lock braking system (ABS), ESC and traction control systems are uniquely tuned and configurable for specific tire and powertrain configurations.

Aggressive and functional exteriors

Dodge and SRT designers and engineers spent 35 percent more time in the Chrysler Group's full-scale wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Michigan, (compared with the previous-generation Dodge Challenger SRT) developing and further refining the aggressive and functional exteriors on the Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT Hellcat. The result is a re-engineered Challenger capable of maximum aerodynamic performance for spirited driving on the road or the race track.

At the front, new fascia designs and all-new vertical-split grille provide a menacing update of its 1971 inspiration. A larger, power-bulge aluminum hood features a dedicated "cold-air" intake – a visual styling cue from the first Viper coupe built in 1996.

The hood on the new Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine also includes dual air extractors to ensure effective removal of heat and reduced air turbulence in the engine compartment. The hood is standard in body color and is available in a Satin Black finish. Both models of the Challenger SRT feature all-aluminum hoods designed to reduce weight.

Another key design element on the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the exclusive Air Catcher inlet port, which feeds ram-air directly into the engine air box through the driver-side parking lamp.

All-new quad projector headlamps give a more detailed appearance, while a more aggressive brow "chops" the upper portion of the lamp design for an even more sinister attitude.

Integrated projector fog lamps on the Challenger 392 SRT are pushed to the lower corners to help accentuate the car's width while illuminating the road. A new duck-bill fascia splitter helps improve the vehicle's aerodynamics.

The Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine features a larger front splitter designed for optimal downforce to minimize lift.

From the side, the signature muscular proportions and large thruster rear-quarter panels stand out from the crowd, while fender and belt lines tie together at the front and rear of the car to create a sleeker appearance. Differentiating the Challenger SRT Hellcat from the rest of the Challenger lineup are its "SUPERCHARGED" fender badges. Black sills accentuate the proportions of the muscle coupe and have been tuned in the wind tunnel to improve aerodynamics.

Out back, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT recalls the historic 1971 model's styling with a new split tail-lamp design and rear fascia. The tail lamps feature the new signature LED graphic with its smooth glow of light that can be seen from blocks away. A redesigned rear valance helps the 2015 Challenger SRT models look more planted on the ground. A unique, taller rear spoiler on the SRT Hellcat features a raised SRT logo.

Race-inspired, high-performance interiors

Inside the 2015 Dodge Challenger is an all-new enthusiast-centric cockpit with world-class materials, execution and technology. Key elements are inspired by the interior of the 1971 Challenger.

The performance cockpit of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT carries an essence of the 1971 Challenger, in an artistic and more organically styled way.

The all-new cleanly executed instrument panel features a stamped aluminum bezel, which sets the tone for the driver's display. For a high-tech look, an innovative 7-inch driver-selectable driver information display (DID) screen is centered in the gauge cluster and provides an almost infinitely customizable display. The all-new DID screen is flanked by new analog speedometer and tachometer gauges, which provide a heritage-inspired look with concave shapes and a hub-covered needle design, reminiscent of the "tic-toc-tach" gauges from the 1971 Challenger. For the Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine, the fixed gauges and digital graphics are finished in a Dark Radar Red tone to make it even more unique.

Additionally, the dashboard's center stack neatly houses the new standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. New for 2015 drivers can select one of the many offered backgrounds to connect the digital look and feel with their chosen interior package.

A new, trapezoidal shaped stamped aluminum center console provides Challenger SRT's interior with a fresh look. The aluminum trim gets one of two finishes, "Hectic Mesh" for the Challenger 392 SRT and "Dark Engine Turn" for the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The console also exudes craftsmanship and style with leather-wrapped surfaces and French-seamed accent stitching running from the back to the front. Employing a unique, elevated design, the all-new center console houses ergonomically located redundant button and knob controls for audio and climate functions. An all-new media hub with an SD card slot, USB outlet and audio jack is neatly housed inside the center console's flocked armrest.

For those who opt for the segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, an all-new and class-exclusive electronic shifter with an all-new driver-oriented T-handle provides the driver with intuitive gear selection and offers an Auto Stick selector gate for added control. For those who prefer having a third pedal, the precise and track-proven Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission is fitted with a throwback ball shifter.

A redesigned SRT-branded heated steering wheel features a flat bottom for the high-performance driver. Available paddle shifters (with automatic transmission) are located on the back of the upper spokes. The buttons to control the driver-configurable full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) display are large and illuminated. Buttons for Uconnect and phone access now reside along the bottom edge of the horizontal spokes. Optional adaptive cruise control is configured by buttons that are symmetrically opposite on the right hand side of the wheel. As before, the highly praised audio controls are still found on the back of the upper spokes. This new tilt-telescoping steering wheel also has a 360-degree heat element.

To make cruises more pleasurable, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT features redesigned seats with improved cushioning and more comfortable contours. For improved comfort and convenience, new for 2015 are standard heated and ventilated front seats. The passenger seat also has an easy exit/entry function to provide access to the rear seat – this is controlled by a release handle on the top shoulder of the seat.

Challenger SRT offers performance seats with large side bolsters for maximum lateral support in hard cornering. The seats can be covered in Nappa leather/Alcantara material with embroidered SRT logos. Laguna premium leather, colored either sepia or black with embossed SRT logos, is available as part of an equipment package.

High-impact exterior colors

Many of the most memorable paint colors in automotive history have been found on the Challenger. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and SRT with the HEMI Hellcat will be available in 11 exterior colors: B5 Blue Pearl Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Pearl Coat, Ivory White Tri-Coat Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Phantom Black Tri-Coat Pearl, Pitch Black Clear Coat, Redline Tri-Coat Pearl, Sublime Metallic Pearl Coat and TorRed Clear Coat.

Twin, full-body stripes are available in Black Satin Gloss and Silver High Gloss on the SRT 392.

About Dodge

The Dodge brand is tearing into its centennial year as America's mainstream performance brand, celebrating its 100th anniversary on July 1, 2014. With the purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to its performance roots with every single model it offers. The consolidated Dodge and SRT brands will offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that stand out within their own segments. Dodge will be the "mainstream performance" brand within the Chrysler showroom. SRT will be positioned as the "ultimate performance" halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.

From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the Dodge brand's full lineup of 2015 models deliver best-in-class horsepower, class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features, such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust, 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2015 model year, customers will be able to drive the new 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as well as the Dodge Challenger SRT with the HEMI Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup also includes the 2015 Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey, including the new Crossroad model, and Dodge Viper SRT.


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      Teleny411
      • 7 Months Ago
      Geez, the regular SRT would be ok for me. But I think it's cool that they've done this car.
      Dump
      • 7 Months Ago
      I would have loved for FCA to take a bold step beyond the Viper vehicle program & make the Chrysler rear-engine ME-412 happen. Although the "412" was a 6.0L quad-turbo V12 engine, the 6.2L turbo hemi V8 seems like a really good candidate for a base version of a really convincing halo vehicle. Keeping overall weight light, it could really compete performance-wise with an R8, Gallardo, SLS AMG, Corvette ZR-1, etc. And experience would be "magical" if the performance upgrade options included modified engines from Maserati and/or Ferrari. PR buzz would be enormous which would also include numerous comparos, test drives, videos, & their articles.
      jdwkinc
      • 7 Months Ago
      "So far, the only vehicle we know of that delivers more output through that many gears is the as-yet untested Chevrolet Corvette Z06." Doesn't the Bentley Continental Speed have 616hp and an 8spd auto? There may be others, but that one quickly came to mind.
      Jesus!
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hellcat? What a stupid name for such a good looking car.
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Jesus!
        [blocked]
      JayP
      • 7 Months Ago
      Hellcat laughs at "flowtie" with the headlight intake.
      TruthHertz
      • 7 Months Ago
      With 600 horsepower, maybe its overweight ass can finally beat a current gen Mustang 5.0
        Nick B
        • 7 Months Ago
        @TruthHertz
        A bone stock 6M 5.0 GT should be running mid-high 12's at 111-113. An SRT Challenger does it in mid 12's at 112-114. A bone stock RT ANYTHING would be lucky to trap 105.
        acrcpe45
        • 7 Months Ago
        @TruthHertz
        That's funny, most 5.7 Hemi Challenger owners have no problems with the 5.0.
          jtav2002
          • 7 Months Ago
          @acrcpe45
          As much as I like the Challenger, the only 5.7 owners that should be "having no problems" with a 5.0 are ones who are facing off against drivers who can't drive. All things equal, there's a pretty decent gap. The 5.0 and SRT8 are pretty close, so you're saying people with 5.7 Challengers are beating 6.4 SRTs?
          Nick B
          • 7 Months Ago
          @acrcpe45
          Considering a 5.7L Hemi Challenger has a hard time breaking into the 13's, I think youre mistaken.
          domingorobusto
          • 7 Months Ago
          @acrcpe45
          Lol, no. I could give Challenger R/Ts fits in my light mod 06 GT, and a stock 5.0 GT would beat me handily. Like the others said, if a stock 5.0 Mustang loses to a stock 5.7 Challenger, that is all on the Mustang driver's head. As stated, the SRT Challengers have a hard time beating the 5.0 Mustangs, much less an R/T.
        Vanquished
        • 7 Months Ago
        @TruthHertz
        Current SRT Chargers and Challengers already beat the 5.0 Mustang all day long. Still though, the 5.0 Mustang is cheaper than an SRT charger/challenger. Of course it's also much less car...
      XT6Wagon
      • 7 Months Ago
      So... Its like a GT500 with lead bricks in the trunk?
        Vanquished
        • 7 Months Ago
        @XT6Wagon
        And Independent Rear Suspension
          domingorobusto
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Vanquished
          An independent suspension that regularly breaks half shafts under the load of a 470 hp engine, as all the current SRTs have proven time and again at the drag strip. This will obviously get an upgraded rear end for the extra power, but until then the Mustang has a massive advantage in drivetrain strength and reliability because of that stick axle.
          XT6Wagon
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Vanquished
          The Lincon Mk VIII has IRS. No one has ever confused it with a performance car. Oh wait, Its about the size and wieght of this whale too.
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 7 Months Ago
      I support this (well, not financially because I can't afford it).
      VDuB
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nothing like building American muscle..... in Canada.
      Bernard
      • 7 Months Ago
      That 6MT and engine would be far more interesting in a Charger. This two door behemoth of a "coupe" is just silly. A performance coupe should never dwarf the average family sedan in both size and weight.
        dperkins001
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        How "small" were the old Chargers, compared to most family sedans? Not much smaller, if I remember correctly...
        Chris
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        Since some virgin eared imbecile deleted my response, I'll repost. Why don't you just quit your crying and get a Hyundai Genesis Coupe if this car's heft offends you so much. There are plenty of other alternatives out there, so there's no point in trying to stuff it in some box where it doesn't belong.
        Thomas D Hilton III
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        History Lesson, The Original Challenger was ALWAYS a large coupe. was Larger than the Cuda. it never competed with the Mustang or Camaro, it was for the Cougar, and GTO
      Indubitably
      • 7 Months Ago
      Challenger, Mustang, Camaro. Love'em all! 'MURRRCA!!!
        Mike Hall
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Indubitably
        'MURICA! *car is manufactured in Canada, the true land of the free ;)
          Thomas D Hilton III
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Mike Hall
          "Chrysler" is NOT HQ'd in London... FCA is.... theres a difference....
          johnnythemoney
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Mike Hall
          I hope Tyler you aren't one of those crying for Chrysler being HQ in London then! I don't where the car is built or designed, as long as it's as good as this.
      caveredecorator
      • 7 Months Ago
      you will beat everyone to the gas station on the next corner from the one your at.
        Suzq044
        • 7 Months Ago
        @caveredecorator
        While that may be true, I don't think those looking at the hellcat are going to care about fueling the beast.
        Bill Burke
        • 7 Months Ago
        @caveredecorator
        The more hybrids, the more gas for my Challenger. Fill 'er up with Premium please. Pay to play I say.
        Chris
        • 7 Months Ago
        @caveredecorator
        Yeah, but it'll be a hell of a lot more fun to drive and own than your Camry, and that's the point of these cars. Anyone who is overly concerned about fuel mileage shouldn't be looking at a big, RWD car with a V8. That's just plain old common sense.
          Chris
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Chris
          Aw did I offend some limp wrist Camcord fanboys? What a joke you haters are...
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