The first time TFLcar took the Dodge Challenger Hellcat to the racetrack for an episode of Hot or Not it had just served duty as the star in a drifting video. Needless to say, the tires were not in the best of condition. It was actually the last time the Hellcat wore its original tires.
The fast lap time the 707-hp car produced was less than stellar at nearly 1:08 minutes, a long way off of the Chevy Camaro SS‘s time of 1:04.89. Granted, the chassis is not quite up to the challenge of wrangling all that power but we still believed the car could do better. So with a new set of tires and a warmer track, we set out to redeem the most powerful American production car available.
In case you’ve been under a rock for the last year, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat comes with a 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. There’s literally no way to put all that power down but that’s not the point. The valet key takes a couple hundred horses out of that equation and actually makes the car more livable. All that power is routed through an 8-speed automatic transmission that feeds the rear wheels, although rumors suggest there might be an AWD version in the future, but we have no information to confirm such a thing is coming.
Watch above to see what happens with a set of new set of the car’s stock Pirelli P Zero tires.
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