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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (pictures)

The Hellcat backs up its claim as the most powerful muscle car ever produced with over 700 horsepower.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is claimed to be the most powerful muscle car ever produced.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The model makes up for its slightly smaller engine with the addition of a supercharger.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The twin-screw type supercharger crams air into the engine.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The scoops and vents on the hood aren't purely aesthetic, they push and pull air into the engine bay, cooling the hot powertrain.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

With the aid of the supercharger, power jumps to an unbelievable 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

A cold-air intake hides within a hollow daytime running light.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Hellcat comes with two keys: a black key that limits power to 500 ponies and a red key that unlocks the full potential.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

SRT electronics allow the driver to customize the performance for road and track.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The SRT pages portion of the standard Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system allow the driver to customize and toggle four different drive modes.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Launch control is standard and helps the Hellcat to hit 60 mph from a standing start in just 3.5 seconds.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Or if burnouts are more your thing, the traction control can be disabled and the tires shredded.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Hellcat has a top speed of 199 mph and does the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds on the sticky street tires.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The sound this coupe makes at full bore is a terrifying mix of V-8 roar and mechanical supercharger whine.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Hellcat also features an adjustable suspension with 3 settings.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Street setting is actually quite comfortable, while the Track setting keeps things firm in the corners. Sport splits the difference.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

20-inch wheels are standard and filled with massive Brembo brakes.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Expect to be seeing this fuel cap a lot. I only averaged 11.9 mpg during my testing.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

What surprised me is that the Hellcat is quite easy to drive on public roads and in traffic.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The engine is louder than the stereo at full bore, but also extremely quiet at highway speeds.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The interior is a mix of cheap plasticky bits and nicer touch points.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

These optional Laguna leather seats feature heated and ventilated surfaces.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The steering wheel is heated.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Paddle shifters are made of a lightweight aluminum and are more pronounced than those of the standard SRT.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

I'm not a fan of the plastic, "faux turned metal" trim surrounding the instrument cluster and center console, but was pleased with the rest of the cabin trim.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Push-button start and keyless entry are standard.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Instrumentation features a pair of red-faced gauges flanking a large color display.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The center display and the supercharger are the only places where I saw any Hellcat badging.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Uconnect 8.4 infotainment system is standard and features a well-rounded list of digital audio sources.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Navigation is a $695 option that's worth every penny. Voice command is top-notch and routing is also good.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

At the rear, you'll find attractive LED taillights and a black SRT lip spoiler.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Other standard safety bits include a rear camera, audible parking proximity alerts and cross traffic alerts, and blind-spot monitoring.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The Challenger SRT Hellcat is intimidating and immensely powerful, but fairly easy to live with... that is, if you can afford to keep the tank filled.

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2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

There's nothing like the Challenger SRT Hellcat being built today -- at least, not until the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat arrives with two more doors and the same 707 horsepower.

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