This video of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat revving is only 26 seconds long – but that is really all that you need to experience the incredible exhaust note of Chrysler’s most powerful Hemi ever. The Hellcat starts up with the kind of healthy grumble that you would expect from a supercharged Hemi with more than 600 horsepower and whoever is the driver’s seat doesn’t waste any time in bringing the revs up – at which point we get a full blast of the heart stopping, ear drum popping roar of the mighty Hellcat Hemi. Even though the Hellcat is a touch too loud for the camera filming it to record without breaking up a bit, we still get our best example of how the Hellcat sounds under hard throttle.
The man behind the wheel of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat punches the throttle a couple times, waits a few seconds, and then hits it hard a couple more times before giving us a few more seconds of idle and shutting it down. My key (and maybe only) complaint with the current SRT Challenger and Charger is that the exhaust system isn’t expressive (read: Loud) enough for an American muscle car. Don’t get me wrong – they all sound great from the 5.7L R/T to the early 6.1L SRT models to the most recent 6.4L variants, but they just don’t pack that same vicious growl that you get with the likes of the Mustang GT or Camaro SS.
However, that clearly changes with the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. At long last, the engineers have stopped worrying about offending the people who have a problem with loud cars, as both at idle and under hard throttle, the Hellcat Challenger screams like no other street legal, factory produced muscle car I’ve heard. It might be a point of contention among the Ford, GM and Mopar folks, but based on this first video, it sure sounds like the Challenger SRT Hellcat has more of a bark than the Mustang GT500 or either of the high end Camaro models (Z/28, ZL1). This 600+ horsepower Challenger sounds like a pure muscle car, just like the most powerful Mopar muscle cars from the 1960s and 1970s, while also having more power than any non-Viper car that the Chrysler Group has ever produced.
I could go on and on about how much I love the sound of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, but you should really just scroll down a bit further, crank up your speakers and listen to the new supercharged Hemi for yourself. If you love the sound of an American V8, I can guarantee that this video will make you feel a little more in love with the new Challenger SRT Hellcat.