Text courtesy of Mecum Auctions
Thanks to the Street and Racing Technology team at Chrysler-Fiat, who doubled down on their third generation Dodge Challenger to produce the Hellcat, a supercharged 707 HP bomb that the company claims is the fastest, most powerful muscle car ever. The Hellcat backs up that claim with some astonishing numbers: zero to 60 in 3.5 launch-controlled seconds, a quarter mile time of 11.2 on factory tires and a top speed of 200 MPH.
That level of performance in an American muscle car used to mean bare-bones accommodations and straight-line-only performance, but the Hellcat breaks that stereotype with commendable road manners, sure-footed handling and superior braking, and a well-appointed interior that includes an SRT-branded flat bottom steering wheel and unique gauges with Dark Radar Red digital graphics. The Hellcat’s Hemi V8 was destroked from 6.4 to 6.2 liters and fitted with a beefier forged crank and rods to handle the increased output, which is modulated by two special key fobs to limit power to 500 HP or unleash all 707. At just 4 miles, this Plum Crazy Pearl 2016 Challenger Hellcat is factory fresh. Identifiable by its unique scooped hood, Black spoilers and enlarged wheel wells (the better to accommodate the Hellcat’s 20x9-inch Pirelli P Zero Nero tires) the car features a rare Sepia leather-and-suede interior and is equipped with a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission, Driver Controlled Sport Tuned Adaptive Suspension, Brembo disc brakes with ABS, and four driving modes: Default, Sport, Track and Custom. Whatever the choice, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat delivers a driving experience that thrills like no other modern muscle car.