In the era of large SUV and fuel-efficient pickup trucks, American muscle cars still find themselves in large demand, especially when they’re manufactured by Dodge. That’s especially evident when it comes to the power of the SRT Hellcat line of supercharged Dodge models, such as the Challenger and the Charger. While these performance-based models were made for the racetrack, should you drive them around the city, as well? Read on to find out, here at your Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram dealer in west Edmonton.
Introduced in 2015, the SRT Hellcat charger engine marks itself as one of the most powerful HEMI engines on the market. Named after the Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter aircraft, the 6.2L Supercharged HEMI SRT Hellcat V8 engine comes packed with the capability of pushing up to 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque and was the most powerful engine Chrysler ever produced, until the Demon version was released for the Dodge Challenger Demon.
Each SRT Hellcat model also comes with special high-performance 4-wheel antilock disc brakes, to match the high-output power and speed of the engine. Additionally, these brakes also come with red-painted 6-piston Brembo calipers, which add a touch of style and detailing to your Hellcat’s wheels.
The Dodge Challenger and the Dodge Charger come with SRT Hellcat versions available on either model. The former is a classic American icon, with its smaller two-door build, making it fun for drifting and handling. Meanwhile, its four-door counterpart offers a more spacious experience and even comes available in an AWD configuration (although not for the SRT Hellcat).
So, should you upgrade to an SRT Hellcat if you’re looking at owning a Challenger or a Charger? In these Edmonton streets, probably not. These performance models weren’t made for practical, everyday use and are far from the most fuel-efficient options available. The SRT Hellcat versions of both the Challenger and Charger also come exclusively in rear-wheel-drive, so they don’t give you the best reassurance for handling snowy or icy roads compared to the AWD models. But if none of these things matter to you, and all you want is a bad-ass muscle car with one of the most powerful engines and horsepower available, then the SRT Hellcat is a no brainer.
If that still wasn’t enough for you, check out our most recent blog on the Challenger Demon to see how far Dodge pushed the limit!