New 6.2-litre supercharged V8 Charger offers 707bhp and 650lb ft; claimed to be capable of 0-60mph in 3.7sec

The new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, which pays homage to the muscle cars of old, is a 707bhp supercharged saloon that's claimed to be capable of 204mph.

Dodge describes its new car as "the quickest, fastest, most powerful production saloon in the world, as well as the most capable and technologically advanced four-door muscle car in America".

Official pricing has yet to be announced but it's likely the car will cost around $62,000 in its home market, or approximately £37,200. No UK sales are planned but, if you wanted to import one personally, expect to pay in the region of £52,000.

Under the bonnet is a supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi V8 that produces 707bhp and 650lb ft, making it the most powerful production V8 that Chrysler has ever produced.

The engine features a forged steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces, a specially tuned crank damper that's been tested to 13,000rpm and forged aluminium pistons.

Power is sent to the rear wheels via a heavy-duty, torque-convertor-based eight-speed automatic transmission. The '8HP90' gearbox, badged TorqueFlite, is reputed to be capable of shifting gears in 160ms.

For comparison, Porsche's PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission can shift gears in under 100ms. The TorqueFlite gearbox also features a rev-matching facility, further helping maximise the engine's performance. The rear end and propshaft has been strengthened, too, while a standard limited-slip differential helps to maximise traction.

The SRT Hellcat delivers some impressive performance figures. The 0-60mph sprint is dispatched in 3.7sec, approximately 0.4sec faster than an £80k BMW M5 Competition Pack. Also claimed is a standing quarter mile time of 11.0sec, compared to a Ferrari 458 Italia's 11.5sec.

More notably, the Dodge is said to get from 0-100-0 in 13.0sec. While not quite enough to eclipse the likes of the McLaren F1, which takes 11.5sec, it's a remarkable achievement for a 2068kg four-door saloon.

A top speed of 204mph makes the Dodge the fastest production four-door currently available. Even the likes of the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG are stated to hit 'just' 200mph when derestricted.

Dodge has also worked to improve the Charger's handling. Forged 9.5Jx20 wheels are shod with Pirelli P Zero performance tyres, while adaptive three-mode sports suspension helps bolster the car's cornering abilities.

Additionally, it sports the largest brakes ever offered by the Chrysler corporation, with 15.4-inch floating Brembo discs at the front and six-piston calipers

Helping differentiate the SRT Hellcat further from the standard Charger on which it is based are a host of cosmetic changes. Dodge has tweaked virtually every panel on the car and added bonnet vents, unique front and rear bumpers and LED lighting both front and rear.

Styling cues taken from other models include a cold air intake that echoes that of the original Viper coupé and creases in the flanks that imitate the look of the 1969 Charger. The aerodynamics of the Charger have been revised slightly, too, with new additions including a rear spoiler and an integrated front splitter.

Inside you'll find a revamped interior with a 7-inch customisable digital instrument cluster, a new central stack and an 8.4-inch display for the media system. Dodge says high-quality materials have been used throughout and the leather and suede seats have been redesigned for improved support and comfort. A T-handle shifter is fitted, again a nod to the car's classic forebears.

An 18-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system is standard, as is an electrically adjustable heated steering wheel, paddle shifters, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a Wi-Fi hotspot and climate control. A Drive Mode function also means that owners can customise the car's responses by tailoring the suspension, shift speeds, traction control modes and engine output.

Like the C4 generation of Corvette ZR1, the Dodge also features a 'valet' mode. Two keys are provided, one which unlocks the full output and the other which limits the car's performance. When the valet key is used a host of features are engaged, including the stability control systems being locked on, the engine switching to a less powerful map, the gearbox shifting earlier and a 4000rpm limiter being instated.

Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO of the Dodge and SRT Brands, said: “For the last eight years a large part of the Dodge Charger’s successful formula has been its many personalities.

"It’s a muscle car, a performance sedan, a family-capable sedan. Its success is that it can be any or all of those things, depending on how the customer chooses to equip their car.

“And now, with a NHRA-certified quarter mile time of 11.0 seconds and a 204 mph top speed, the new Dodge Charger Hellcat redefines itself again, as the quickest, fastest, most powerful sedan in the world.”

Production of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, which will be built at the Brampton assembly plant in Ontario, will begin in the first quarter of 2015. Further details, such as the car's official consumption and economy figures, will be revealed closer to that time.

Four-door alternatives to the Charger SRT Hellcat include the BMW M5, Jaguar XFR and Vauxhall VXR8 GTS.

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14 August 2014
People who've driven at very high speeds will joke "at 200 mph you'll feel like you're flying". With this puppy that's not just an expression.

14 August 2014
Well it would be well worth that for anyone who wanted to buck the crowd and be different, assuming you could live with it being LHD. It would cost a whole lot more to buy a brand new RS6 or an M5 and get it up to 700BHP. It doesn't even look that bad either

14 August 2014
It is frustrating that due to illogical petrol-hostile taxation these muscle cars have - for all practical purposes - been banished from our shores and we're left with turbo-charged diesels and a few rare petrol turbos at exorbitant prices and you've to pay extortionate recurring taxes on them.

14 August 2014
Apart from fadyady's well known hostility to anything diesel why would having to pay road tax of nearly £500 per annum against say £160 for a performance diesel car put anyone off buying an American muscle car.
The taxation difference equates to the cost of about 1.5 gallons of petrol a week, hardly noticeable against the likely thirst of a 6.2 litre 700hp car.
Maybe fadyady knows of some other taxes that rule out ownership of a petrol car.

maxecat

14 August 2014
wonderfully OTT. Its odd no mention has been made by Autocar of the already launched Challenger Hellcat, with the same engine, the option of a manual box. Someone at Fiat UK should get a few of these officially imported, it would do their image no harm at all.

14 August 2014
Incredible.

14 August 2014
What's not to like, This interior looks lush and to my eyes the exterior styling is a winner. Be even better on these shores without our excessive tax regime.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

14 August 2014
Fast and practical, love it. Would be great if you removed the rear SRT badge, painted the car in a metallic grey and finished the wheels in standard silver. Perfect Q car for playing with M5 drivers...

14 August 2014
On Autotrader and not far from where I live, there is a Jaguar XFR-S, 14 reg with just 269 miles on the clock going for 59K, with the steering wheel on the right side of the car. Its not too big for British roads, doesn't way over 2 tonnes......

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

14 August 2014
Afternoon Bob. The Jaguar is certainly lighter, weighing some 1987kg, but the Dodge's firepower more than compensates for its additional 81kg. The Hellcat is about 13cm longer but it's over 3cm narrower, compared to the Jaguar, according to the figures. It would certainly be interesting to pitch the two against each other in a twin test. I can understand your preference for right-hand drive though.

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