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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat [w/videos]

Darrell Waltrip once said, "If the lion didn't bite the tamer every once in a while, it wouldn't be exciting." The sentiment behind that aphorism is causing my adrenal gland to wake up as Dodge and SRT drivers and engineers – somber-faced to a man – give me the track talk that will precede my driving the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT on the circuit at Portland International Raceway. PIR might not be Daytona, and the 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat might seem tame to a legend like ol' Jaws, but there's a not-small part of me that's thinking about how hard Dodge's fire-breathing... Read More

Vital Stats

Engine:
SC 6.2L V8
Power:
707 HP / 650 LB-FT
Transmission:
8-Speed Auto
Base Price:
$59,995
As-Tested Price:
$65,265
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    Dodge Challenger goes Plum Crazy Purple for 2010
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    Of the three classic muscle car nameplates currently on sale in the United States, the Dodge Challenger may very well sport the most retro look and feel. Whether or not that's a good thing depends on your personal point of view, but Chrysler seems happy to accept the role and is further promoting the link to Challenger's '70s heritage with a new Plum ...

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    Review: A different take on Challenger vs. Camaro
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    First Drive: Classic Design Concepts Group 2 Widebody Challenger
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    1,000 hp, twin-supercharged Dodge Challenger by RDP Motorsport
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    In the Autoblog Garage: 2009 Dodge Challenger SRT8
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    VIDEO: Dodge EV vs. Dodge Challenger
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    VIDEO: GM's Chris Berube could school Clarkson on burnouts
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    Top Gear is widely regarded as the best television show ever produced about cars. The production values are outstanding, the hosts are amusing and their tamed racing driver, "the Stig", is amazing to watch as he improves his mind while hustling cars around the test track. A few months back we all got wind that Jeremy, Richard and James had returned to the ...

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    SEMA 2008: Challenger SRT10 Concept ultimate response to not having a HEMI in that thing
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    More pics from Top Gear testing American metal
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    Not long after we learned that the famous Top Gear trio was in the U.S., a fan managed to snap some shots of Clarkson, Hammond and Mays testing their favorite examples of American muscle at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The hosts made their way to salt flats by way of Reno, Nevada where they had a few modifications done to each vehicle in the name of ...

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    SEMA Preview: Hurst/HEMI Challenger packed with 500+hp for Vegas trip
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    First Drive: 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT-8 w/VIDEO
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    2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8s still available
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8.For those of you desperately waiting for the next batch of Dodge Challenger SRT8s to be built after the announcement that the first 6,400 2008 models were already spoken for, fret not, supply is on your side. The Detroit News is reporting that while the majority of limited edition SRT8s ...

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    Autoblog autocrosses the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 and Viper ACR
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    VIDEO: Leno takes delivery of Challenger number 4
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    2009 Dodge Challenger will start at $21,995
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    Challenger #0001 delivered to AZ dealership
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    Dodge Challenger SRT8 added to Leno's Garage
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    2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 en route to dealers
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