TorqueNews Exclusive: Hellcat Charger Runs 10.7, 2.9s 0-60 with DRs (Updated)
Yesterday morning, I attended a small gathering at the Chrysler Headquarters in Auburn Hills Michigan for an in-depth look at the new 6.2L Hellcat Hemi that powers variants of the 2015 Dodge Charger and 2015 Dodge Challenger. We were walked through a piece by piece run-down of what makes the supercharged Hemi so awesome and towards the end of the informative slide show, we saw a video of the Hellcat Charger blasting down the quarter mile with drag radial tires. We don’t get to see the whole run, but we can see the timing screen that clearly displays the elapsed time for the 707 horsepower sedan of 10.7 seconds.
The Quickest Sedan in the World
When the Chrysler Group announced earlier this year that the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat could run a stock-tire time of 11.2 and a drag radial time of 10.8 – both of which were certified by the NHRA – it shook up the performance world. Those numbers make the Challenger quicker than any stock American muscle car ever (not counting the non-street legal race models like the COPO Camaro, the Mustang Cobra Jet or the Challenger Drag Pak), but when the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat was introduced before the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise, Dodge brand CEO Tim Kuniskis announced that the bigger, heavier 4-door Charger was actually faster in the quarter mile.
When equipped with the stock tires, the Charger SRT Hellcat is officially capable of running an elapsed time of 11 seconds flat, making the sedan two tenths of a second quicker than the Challenger with the same drivetrain (Hellcat Hemi, 8-speed automatic transmission). However, Kuniskis didn’t announce the drag radial tire numbers for the Charger so we didn’t know how much quicker the Hellcat sedan was with good tires – until yesterday.
A 4,500lb Sedan in the 10s
During the Hellcat Hemi presentation at the Chrysler HQ, SRT drivetrain engineer Chris Cowland walked us through a collection of slides that told us everything that we could want to know about the new supercharged V8. Among those slides was one that showed the Charger SRT Hellcat with a set of non-production rear wheels and drag radial tires testing on the quarter mile.