So far, whenever we've seen the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with its 707-horsepower, supercharged Hellcat V8, the muscle car has been smoking its tires. Dodge is finally proving that the SRT can do more than ruin perfectly good sets of rubber, though. In it's latest video, company CEO Tim Kuniskis hands the Hellcat off to the guys from Gas Monkey Garage to show how quickly the automaker's most powerful model can make it down the drag strip.

Of course, the only fitting contender to race against Dodge's latest top muscle car is its grandpa – a Hemi-powered 1971 Challenger, in this case. ​Before getting to the main event, the hosts also show off some of the SRT's unique features like the blanks in the grille that feed the intercoolers. We'll go ahead and spoil that the Hellcat makes its pass in the 10-second range, and the video admits the tires on the production version would take just a touch longer to cover the quarter-mile. However, you have to watch film to see just how quick it actually goes. Scroll down to see a classic example of American muscle drag racing against its modern legacy.


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      Matt Mossberg
      • 5 Months Ago
      Our customers wanted more power so we went from 480 to yah, 707hp. The video personifies Americana. Very badass in many ways. Well done dodge, a 10 second muscle car is something to be proud of and impressed by.
      Ross
      • 5 Months Ago
      10.85@126mph....I am greatly impressed.
      Rob
      • 5 Months Ago
      10.8 with drag radials and 11.2 with the production rubber is awesome. Must be putting down some good 60ft time on there too since a GT500 will trap the same speed about .5 off the pace.
      Jeff-ray
      • 5 Months Ago
      Holy crap. We are nearing the end of days. Dodge wins the musclecar war 40 years later.
        tool0117
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Jeff-ray
        Please don't be "that guy", this thing has a beastly engine but it's still heavy, ungainly and hard to see out of/drive. Let's hold off on the C7 ZR1 til we crown a winner
          Carfan0893
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tool0117
          Except for the fact that the Corvette is a SPORTS CAR, not a muscle car...
          tool0117
          • 5 Months Ago
          @tool0117
          meant to say let's hold off and wait til we see the C7 ZR1 before crowning a winner. no edit function, why?!?!?
      JaredN
      • 5 Months Ago
      700 hp? Holy cow.
      jich8chy3chah8wurt2thuk3ghy7ly
      We're not worthy! We're not worthy! Guess which movie I just watched!
      inuvik
      • 5 Months Ago
      Wow ! I would love to own this car. But alas, I'll have to gaze and drool from afar. Awesome job Dodge.
      11fiveoh
      • 5 Months Ago
      Interesting, can't wait to see some 40-50 mph pulls vs the gt500. Should be very close. If dodge can keep the start price under 60k they definitely have a winner.
        JaredN
        • 5 Months Ago
        @11fiveoh
        Speculation that I've seen is $80k. Dunno if that is realistic or not.
          Jim R
          • 5 Months Ago
          @JaredN
          It's hard to say. They don't want to price it too high or nobody will buy it. If it were me I'd probably pin it somewhere not too far north of 60 grand.
          stonehunte
          • 5 Months Ago
          @JaredN
          If it is more than $60K its stupid and will only raise the price of the competitors cars, so that very few will be able to afford them anymore. The GT500 has a better power-weight ratio and started at $56k. I know it doesn't hook up as well, but in the grand scheme of things its only got 45hp less, which is just a tune away from 707hp on a shelby.
      Douglas Hamner
      • 5 Months Ago
      Must be really putting down 707whp.....god that's crazy
      ragtopdodge
      • 5 Months Ago
      Let's see that gas monkey dude driver that Hellcat with a stick shift. Doubt he'll post a 10.85s then.
        Jim R
        • 5 Months Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        Automatics are typically faster than stickshifts in the quarter mile.
        Carpinions
        • 5 Months Ago
        @ragtopdodge
        Well, who cares if he couldn't? Not everyone is going to be an experienced drag racer, so even if he couldn't, the point is that the car is capable of it. Also, this car's tranny is perhaps one of the few things it holds as a tech advatage over the Stang and Camaro. So with that tech it can do 10s in the quarter essentially stock, for the mostly average driver. Could a really good driver with a manual do a faster time? Maybe, but at some point soon, if not already, it will end up being the manual that will be the slower box to use.
          stonehunte
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Carpinions
          It doesn't matter if its faster the auto will be more boring to drive since most people will spend 99.99% of the time driving other places than a drag strip.
      Dart
      • 5 Months Ago
      I need one of these motors in my A-body....unfortunately while the engine would fit, the required coolers and hardware would not. Oh well, not like I have the money......
      Michael Corliss
      • 5 Months Ago
      Did it tip over at the end of the run when turning??? Impressive sounding engine, nice power, horrible packaging. Should have saved it for a better looking, more sport-oriented, better handling chassis. The new Shelby mustang when released will annihilate it both on the road and at the dealership. Mark my words!
        fuzzyfish6
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Michael Corliss
        Why can't idiots on the internet just appreciate that these types of cars are out there instead of another appliances that has a main mission of achieving the best fuel economy possible? The world would be such a better place without hate mongering morons that can't appreciate things that they might not have a preference to. You're not just the cancer of the internet, you're the cancer of humanity, Michael Corliss.
          Chris
          • 5 Months Ago
          @fuzzyfish6
          It's the internet, the place where many go to needlessly complain like immature kids. It could be a car designed and built by God himself, that does everything perfectly, and these same crybabies would still find something to b!&ch about.
        churchmotor
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Michael Corliss
        dang, yonomo200 . a.k.a smilez1105 . a.k.a yomama6500 a.k.a carguy1701 .a.k.a. merlot066 got busy voting you down.
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