America is in a rather strange situation politically at the moment. Thankfully, things are just as crazy in the world of muscle cars. How better to improve on the Challenger SRT Hellcat than by making it wider?
Yes, it’s another Mopar creation on EngageSportMode. No, we’re not sponsored by Dodge. Although if Sergio Marchionne wants to share some of his indeterminable wealth, we’re more than happy to sell out here. Or we will accept payment in the form of a Challenger SRT Hellcat.
“Happy 4th of July! Let’s celebrate it by adding a widebody kit to the already mental 707hp SRT Hellcat”. We like to think that those were the words which came out of the Dodge engineers, and marketeers, responsible for this latest creation. This wasn’t a particularly challenging exercise for the people at Dodge; taking the flared fenders from the Demon and slotting them on the Hellcat instead. (more…)
At EngageSportMode we have a fairly healthy, or possibly unhealthy, obsession with photos of muscle cars doing silly burnouts. So when Dodge showed off the new Mopar Challenger Drag Pak cars, we knew we had to feature them.
Whilst you can knock America for many things, what you can’t criticise is the way the auto builders of the US make it easy for you to go racing. Right now you can log onto the Mopar website, put in your details, and snag a Drag Pak Challenger. It’s that simple. Well, there’s the small issue of money too, but that’s not as big a deal as you might think.
Available in two flavours, you can have your Challenger with either a supercharged 354-cubic-inch HEMI V8, or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch HEMI V8. For those of you more familiar with the metric system, that’s 5.8 or 7.0 litres respectively. Pricing for the 354 supercharged HEMI starts at $109,354 (£70,300), with the bigger ‘retro’ naturally aspirated 426 block option costing a bargain $99,426 (£63,900). Alternatively, you could be boring and buy something far more sensible…
It’s drag racing, so this behaviour is actually encouraged
No word on whether the torque twists the chassis coming off the line
Forget what you heard; Detroit isn’t dead just yet. Dodge, as part of the Chrysler group has had a rough ride through the global recession recently. But forget all that because, to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary year, it’s produced the seven hundred and seven horsepower Hellcat.
Trying to write an opening paragraph without turning to expletives is pretty difficult with the Hellcat. I mean, come on, the name alone conjures up images of US Military hardware or a record label associated with loud punk rock. Whatever your interpretation, it’s not a subtle title. Perhaps they should have just named it the Challenger EPIC MOFO OMG instead.
The heart of the Hellcat is a 6.2 litre V8 supercharged HEMI engine. With that headline 707 bhp it’s not only the most powerful Dodge V8 ever made – so much so that all the engine testing rigs had to be upgraded – but also the first factory supercharged HEMI unit, and the production muscle car with the most stock power. There are so many superlatives and accolades to throw at this car; it’s as ridiculous as the 650 lb-ft of torque it produces. Expect to shred lots of 20″ rear tyres with that much twist.
Don’t mistake the Hellcat for Dodge simply shoehorning a huge motor into the Challenger’s engine bay though. The upgrades to it have gone into immense detail; even down to the driver’s side parking light being deleted to fit an Air Catcher cold air intake. In addition, the rest of the exterior has also been modelled in a wind tunnel, spending 33% more time there than the regular Challenger, to ensure it’s as aerodynamically efficient as possible. The front splitter and rear wing are obvious products of that, but work has also been done to cool that massive motor and the attached twin-screw supercharger. A special straight-through exhaust is fitted to maximise power and noise.