2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs. the Competition
The numbers don’t lie. Dodge has created the fastest, quickest, and most powerful sports sedan on the road today.
The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat beats the competition, including its speedster Cadillac counterpart, not to mention those produced by Audi, BMW, and Mercedes Benz.
That’s right. The Hellcat even beat those European speed demons. Stop into your local Dodge dealership and give the numbers a test drive!
Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 engine, the Charger SRT Hellcat is backed by 707 hp and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, leaving the others wheezing and winded as it passes by nonchalantely.
The Audi RS7 has 560 hp, BMW M5 has 575 hp, the Mercedes E63 AMG has two extra at 577, while the Cadillac CTS runs with 640.
Packing serious American muscle, weighing in at 4,560 lbs., the Charger SRT Hellcat does unfortunately outweigh the competition, edging past the Audi RS7 at 4,475 lbs., topping Mercedes E63 at 4,500 lbs., BMW’s M5 at 4,380 lbs., and Cadillac at 4,145 lbs.
Despite its heft, the Charger SRT Hellcat ties with the Cadillac CTS and BMW M5 with 3.7 second 0-to-60mph capability thanks to its incredible raw power, coming in right behind the Mercedes E63 and Audi RS7, which boast 3.6 second zero-to-60 mph capabilities.
Reaching a top speed of 204 mph, the SRT Hellcat boasts a NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 11 seconds, compared to Mercedes top speed of 155 mph and quarter-mile 11.6 seconds, Audi’s 190 mph top speed, tied with Mercedes 11.6 seconds, Cadillac’s impressive 200 mph, but sluggish 13.1 quarter-miler, and BMW’s Mercedes-matched 155 mph top speed, with an 11.9 record.
Impressive stats for the Charger SRT Hellcat, given the fact that the Challenger SRT Hellcat coupe, 120 pounds lighter, claimed a drag-strip time just two milliseconds faster. So if you need the extra practicallity of a four-door sedan, you can rest easy knowing that you won’t be sacrificing much speed in order to upgrade to the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
With all that speed, braking is crucial and the Charger comes equipped with the biggest Brembo brakes of any SRT-branded vehicle ever released.
Fade-resistant, reliable, and repeatable, the 15.4 inch two piece rotors, 6-piston calipers in front and 13.8 in. rear discs equal smooth stops with pinpoint precision.
Choose Your Own Adventure
Technologically innovative, the Hellcat features a paddle-shifted 8-speed automatic transmission with 3-mode setup to customize the driving experience. This allows drivers to choose between track, sport, and street options, depending on the demands of the drive.
Street Mode is the default setting, optimized for superior comfort and maximum traction. If you’re worried about the other modes being too agreesive, you’ll want to stick with street mode while you get used to the Charger Hellcat’s power.
Sport Mode opens up the Hellcat for drivers with more experience who are really looking to drive more agressively. The transmission will see increased force of gear changes and will begin rev-matching downshifts. The traction will let you get into more trouble than street mode, but will still give you enough freedom to have fun.
Track Mode is the most intense way to experience the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat. With lightning fast gear changes that happen in as little as 160 milliseconds, giving drivers the absolute best performance possible. Traction on track mode is really set to allow drivers to control how the wheels spin when racing around a controlled track in order to secure the best times and results as possible.
It’s a Steal!
You would think all of this power and punch would come with serious sticker shock, but the Hellcat is far more affordable than similar models.
Again, the numbers don’t lie. Consider its $63,995 starting price tag compared to the BMW M5 at $94,550, the Mercedes E63 S AMG at $100,600, the Audi RS7 at $108,900, or the Cadillac CTS-V at a price yet to be determined, but certainly well beyond the mid-60K range.
At this price, a Dodge car dealer doesn’t even have to work. These affordable beauties sell themselves, which means you need to act fast before they’re all sold.
Lap of Luxury
This SRT is customizable and sophisticated. The interior leather comes in the choice of Alcantar, Nappa, or the ultra-luxurious Laguna.
Driver comfort and ultimate control is evident in the redesigned SRT branded heated, plushly padded steering wheel, with standard paddle shifters on the back of the upper spokes. Whether driving or riding shotgun, you’ll enjoy the heated and high performance ventilated front seats.
Spacious and passenger-friendly, those lucky riders in the backseat also have heated seats, not to mention plenty of legroom.
But back to the business in the front. The Hellcat might be reminiscent of the classic American muscle car, but it is tech-savvy, too. Drivers can easily access the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen dash unit, complete with personalization potential, and programmable SRT Performance Pages. Monitor horsepower, download apps, and station surf with total ease.
This means that you don’t have to sacrific comfort and technology features for high performance power and handling. You just have to buy the Hellcat!
Why have one when you can have two? One for each hand. The Hellcat is controlled by two key fobs, one slightly more exciting than the other.
The red fob controls the HEMI, giving the driver the reins to all 707 horses. This is the one you want to use when there’s nothing holding you back, such as at the drag strip or a track day event.
The black limits engine outputs. If you’re going to let anyone other than yourself drive your Hellcat, you’ll want to give them the black key. This prevents them from getting up to no good in a car that puts out 707 horses of all American muscle!
Whether or not you flunked math, these numbers are easy to understand. Dodge has done it.