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Dodge Charger Hellcat: Insanity Contained… Barely

707 horsepower.

We’re not talking about some ultra-exotic hypercar made by hand in some shop in a country you’ve never been visited. This is a four-door, five-passenger sedan from Dodge.

This is the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat, and it might be the most insane vehicle on the planet simply for the fact that it exists at all. The folks at Dodge have created one giant middle finger to the world with this car, and they can raise a second middle finger when you pair the car with its Challenger sibling.

It’s wild, loud, powerful, aggressive, and it’s offering near super car acceleration for premium to luxury sedan pricing. The Hellcat also happens to be a car you could live with everyday… which just adds to the craziness.

[Disclaimer: Dodge flew me to Washington, D.C. and put me up in a hotel that had a clear view of the White House. This was a blatant attempt to instill extra patriotism into my bones. This wasn’t necessary as the Hellcat forces MURICA down your throat hole, and then transforms you into a red, white, and blue bald eagle that can only communicate by squawking out God Bless America.]

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    Tap-tap-tap…

    I'm patiently waiting for the Grand Cherokee Hellkitty so most straight-line acceleration traction issues might cease to exist.

    A sub-3 second 0-60 Jeep!!!

    Why yes, thank you. In the meantime, I'll stick with my '98 5.9L AMC and roll it old school.

    Tap-tap-tap….

    Come to think of it, the 5.9L would likely stay in the family because it's a great winter truck and remarkably capable off-road, with good tires on it but otherwise bone stock.

  • Sjalabais

    "Metric f* ton of torque" seems like a professional unit that is here to stay. Love the creamy brown interior, and those seats really look nice and comfy. Remind me of something that sounds awfully underpowered with only half a MeFToT (0,45 to be exact) compared to the Hellcat:

    <img src="http://i575.photobucket.com/albums/ss199/M5CCY/S60R/DSC05549.jpg&quot; width="600">

    • Charlie

      I've always loved the orange volvo interior. Especially when pared with the turquoise paint on the S60R

  • wunno sev

    i wonder how intact is the drivetrain from the stock models? 707hp at the crank is cool, but getting it from there to the ground is kind of a big deal. if the hellcats hold up, big ups to ZF for that eight-speed, because that is one stout gearbox.

  • smalleyxb122

    Fucktons are metric? Not in America, they ain't!

    • Guest

      The metric equivalence would be kilofucks.

      • wunno sev

        this car is approaching a megafuck

      • Maymar

        Technically, it'd be a fucktonne, equivalent to roughly 1.1 fucktons. Of course, the fucktonne is comprised of 1000 kilofucks.

        • tonyola

          At least we're talking about units of torque rather than the cheesy Top-Gear-ism "torques".

  • 7FIAT'S Later

    I'm just waiting for some "my beemer is still better" posts that I have seen pop-up elsewhere.

    • Sjalabais

      But.. the Hooniverse is not elsewhere. (Insert particularly manly heart sign)

      • We should nonetheless make an effort, for form's sake. Here goes:

        My Austin Maestro Vanden Plas is still better.

        No need to thank me. It had to be said.

        • Sjalabais

          Now that is completely in line with Hooniversal ambition.

          (Also notice the obligatory Volvo-reference above. I know my place.)

    • Maymar

      I'm torn there – I'd rather own something sub-4000lbs, with a manual, so there's something to be said for a Beemer (rather, there was something to be said for a Beemer), but I'm still thankful the Hellcat exists. Also, for $65k, you're either looking at a Hellcat or a stripper 550i, and I have no doubt in basically every situation, the Dodge will just utterly spank the BMW.

      Of course, the Hooniverse answer to "how do you spend $65k" inevitably leads to a fleet of like ten cars.

    • tonyola

      My BMW Isetta is better.

  • pj134

    I feel like somewhere out there there's a Charger Daytona that finally gets to say "Son!" after all these years.

  • My soon-to-be born child needs this. Think about the children!

  • scroggzilla

    Dodge Charger Hellcat is a nice name. But, it's no Humber Super Snipe.

  • 7FIAT'S Later

    I'm not anti-BMW at all, I would love to own a nice 2002 or a M3, but I was commenting on the butthurt I have seen on other sites and like it or not, the Hellcat has raised the bar on sub 70,000 dollar sedans that the Europian manufacturers can't touch and it is nice to see something from here get a solid win once in a while.

  • Vairship

    I just watched this with the sound off and Closed Captioning on. Apparently it has a supercharged hammy engine, and is built by dogs… You'd think that combination means the engine never left the factory!