• 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Pikes Peak Road Trip Review [video]

    2015 Dodge Charger SRT  Hellcat

    Disguised as a full-size family sedan, the 707 horsepower 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is anything but your typical 4-door cruiser. Sharp eyes will detect the NACA-ducted aluminum hood, side sill extensions, body-color rear spoiler, and rear diffuser that accentuate the sedan’s 4-inch exhaust tips. This is an American muscle car with true heritage and a throaty exhaust note that makes it presence known to anyone within earshot.

    You probably wouldn’t want to do this with passengers in the car, but the Hellcat can reach a top speed of 204 mph. Zooming from zero to 100 and back to zero only takes 13 seconds and the quarter mile is covered in 11 seconds. 11 seconds! During those off-times when your foot isn’t pressed into the floorboards, the Charger Hellcat is EPA-estimated to get 13 mpg mulling around the city and up to 22 mpg when cruising at safe and sane highway speeds.

    The sound of the supercharged engine is unlike anything else in the regular, domesticated driving world. When idling, the Charger Hellcat rumbles with a low, satisfying burble that seems to resonate for miles. When your inner-Buddy Love personality wants to break out, just stomp on the “go” pedal and the sound becomes violently awesome. It’s simultaneously a grumble, a growl and an explosion. Best of all, the exhaust note changes and grows as you accelerate from zero to 30 to 60 to 80 to…beyond.

    Nathan takes the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat for a long drive and eventually ends up a Pikes Peak. Watch this TFL Car video review to see how Nathan and the Hellcat handle the twisty roads and the climb to 14,000 feet of elevation.

    Derek Mau
    Derek Mau
    Before becoming an automotive journalist, Derek was diving into engine bays and wiring car audio systems for competitions since high school. Granted, there were a few extra bits and pieces after reassembling everything but nothing ever fell apart on the road. Today Derek applies his enthusiasm and gearhead knowledge into the latest cars, unraveling today's complex automotive technology, and learning the rich history of classic cars.

    3 thoughts on “2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Pikes Peak Road Trip Review [video]

    1. The most amazing engine sound ever. So what about the sunroof? Does it affect the structural rigidity so much? I don’t think you you got back on that topic unless I was just too mesmerized by the engine tune…

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