2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Review – TFL Leaderboard Hot or Not Ep.3 [Video]

The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is a 707 HP monster muscle car that’s great at smokin’ the rear tires. But what is it like as a daily driver and how does it perform on a race track? In Episode 3 of TFL Leaderboard Hot or Not review, Roman and Paul find out how fast it can lap TFL’s test track and is the car livable when driving at street legal speeds.

The 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat starts at $65,190, $4200 more than last year’s model. The price increase — and the doubling the Hellcat’s production numbers — was a decision made by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to discourage excessive dealer markups.

To help offset the additional cost, a Dodge spokesman pointed out that “both 2016 Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat models include standard navigation and standard Laguna leather seats, which are included in the price increase because they were already a very high customer take rate option. The added content is valued at $2,490.”

New for 2016:

  • Plum Crazy joins retro and high-impact exterior colors B5 Blue and TorRed
  • Dual full-length body racing stripes finished with a carbon fiber pattern
  • Hyper Black II finish to the lightweight forged-aluminum wheels

Unchanged for 2016 is Dodge’s supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8, developing a license-revoking 707 horsepower and 650 foot-pounds of torque. Zero-to-60 mph is covered in 3.6 seconds and top speed is somewhere in the neighborhood of 199 mph.

FCA also announced that production will double for 2016 to around 8,000 units.

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.