Both the Dodge Challenger and Charger have made their mark as some of the most iconic muscle cars in North America. No one back in the 1960s could have ever imagined the engineering feats and boundaries these vehicles have pushed over the last several decades, and they’ve only gotten more powerful with time. A lot of these advancements can be attributed to the powerful engineering that went into the Hellcat versions of both the Charger and Challenger. So, what makes them so special besides the cool name? Take a look and find out.
The name “Hellcat” derived from the Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter aircraft, one of the most powerful jets in existence. When it was introduced in 2015, the first Hellcat engine came packaged with the newly-refreshed Dodge Charger. Its 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® SRT® Hellcat V8 engine was one of the most powerful HEMI® engines on the market at the time, capable of producing up to 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, making the quarter mile in just 11 seconds—that was until the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Demon came along, but more on that later.
Hellcat models are currently available for both the Charger and the Challenger, each one with special design and performance elements exclusive to the model. For starters, Hellcat models all come with special high-performance 4-wheel antilock disc brakes that help counter the high performance with strong stopping power. These brakes come with red-painted 6-piston Brembo callipers that add some cool detailing and style to your Hellcat’s wheels. Additionally, Hellcat models also add competition suspension for a more supportive drive at higher speeds, as well as a dual snorkel hood for added aesthetics.
Today, the standard Hellcat models for both the Challenger and Charger still use the 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® SRT® Hellcat V8 engine, but so much more happened in the last two years. Released as a limited edition model, the infamous 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Demon made its way onto streets with its one-of-a-kind 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® SRT® Demon V8 engine, which can produce up to a ridiculous 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft. of torque. In fact, the Hellcat Demon is so powerful that it’s been banned by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) from racing on any of its member tracks.
While we probably can’t get you behind the wheel of a Hellcat Demon anytime soon, you can still visit us at Southtown Chrysler to test drive either the Dodge Challenger or Charger, today!