The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Weighs 4,439lbs


Since we learned that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat would have 707 horsepower from a new supercharged Hemi, the critics have demanded to know the weight and not surprisingly, the Hellcat Challenger is pretty heavy with a curb weight of 4,439lbs – but that weight is hardly noticeable whether you are blasting down the quarter mile or rocketing around a road course.

Since the modern Dodge Challenger was introduced for the 2008 model year, it has been criticized for being by far the heaviest option in the muscle car segment. Many Mopar fans had hoped to see the Challenger cut some weight with the introduction of the 2015 models, but with the new generation of the Challenger having many of the same dimensions as the outgoing version – there was likely no weight loss plan included. Because of this, many of the Mustang and Camaro fans looking for a reason to discredit the Hellcat have insisted that the Hellcat Challenger wont be a real performance factor because of its weight.

Even when the Hellcat Challenger turned out a better NHRA certified stock time than anything from Ford or General Motors – the haters clamored that it will weight too much to compete. While the Hellcat Challenger’s 707 horsepower supercharged Hemi, the dual mode suspension setup, the retuned chassis and the massive braking package allow the beast to handle itself well in any setting – it is still pretty heavy.

In fact, the Hellcat Challenger is, by far, the heaviest of the modern American sports cars with a curb weight starting at 4,439 pounds.

The Hellcat is a Big, Heavy Beast
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is by far the most powerful American production car of all time. While tuners have created packages for the Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Corvette, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Viper that make far beyond 707 horsepower – no production model has ever packed more stock power. It needs all of that power, too, as the lightest of the factory supercharged SRT Challengers weighs a hefty 4,439 pounds. That is the curb weight for the SRT Hellcat model with the 8-speed automatic transmission that I ran an 11.8 with on Portland International Speedway’s quarter mile drag strip.

Those who opt for the 6-speed manual transmission in their Challenger SRT Hellcat might expect a lower curb weight, as manual transmissions devoid of a fluid filled torque convertor generally weighs less than an automatic unit with the extra parts. However, the manually shifted Hellcat Challenger actually weighs 10 pounds more than the automatic models. Fortunately, I have driven both of these monsters on the track and I can positively state that the extra ten pounds doesn’t make the most powerful muscle car ever any less exciting to drive.

In fact, the point that the Challenger SRT Hellcat weighs over 4,400lbs never comes into your mind when you are driving this beast. Whether you are pushing the car down the quarter mile with enough urgency to get into the deep 11s or putting the suspension to the limits on a road course, the Challenger Hellcat doesn’t feel heavier than the outgoing models.

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Hey it is what it is.. a big broad shouldered cruiser that hauls a**. I have a 2012 SRT Challenger and yes it feels a little heavy in slow traffic come to think of it but get some open space, touch the sport mode and put your foot down and it's light as a feather.
Patrick, you got to drive both the Manual & Automatic versions of the Hellcat. What was your preference for over all performance and enjoyment for either version, both on and off the track?
Ditto to Giovanni's question.
Great question Giovanni Patrick, please elaborate on the manual vs Automatic question.
Mark and Giovanni, thanks for asking. I did a piece on this today and while links dont work in our comments (we were getting spammed like crazy for a while), look for the piece in the TorqueNews.com Dodge section titled 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat: Manual or Automatic? I touch on the pros and cons of them both and give the verdict on which I would buy. You can also copy the link below and paste it into your browser: http://www.torquenews.com/106/2015-dodge-challenger-srt-hellcat-manual-or-automatic

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