Dodge Unveils Two New High-Performance Versions of the 2015 Challenger
After unveiling the 2015 Challenger lineup during last month’s New York Auto Show, Dodge has now revealed initial details on the high-performance version developed by its in-house tuner SRT: the 2015 Challenger SRT. The car which be available in two models: the first one is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 (and dubbed the Hellcat), while the second comes with the previous Challenger SRT’s 392 6.4-liter HEMI V-8.
While the latter is powered by an engine that outputs 485 horsepower engine and 475 lbs-ft of torque, the Hellcat delivers more than 600 horsepower, which makes it the most powerful V-8 car ever launched by a Chrysler brand. Drive for both Challenger SRT variants is channeled to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or available TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters, plus a new limited-slip differential. There’s the new Drive Modes feature allows the driver to control horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering (Challenger SRT only), paddle shifter response (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension for the best driving experience possible.
Both Challenger SRT versions come with the same visual updates the regular 2015 Challenger features, , including front-end styling inspired by the iconic 1971 Challenger, such as the split grille. Owners will be glad to see the driver-focused cabin design, a few 1971 Challenger-inspired elements, and a number of more modern features like the configurable 7-inch display in the main instrument cluster and 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen in the center console.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT models are expected to be showcased in the second half of the year along with the rest of the new Challenger lineup.