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SRT Hellcat Charges in on M5, E63

2014-08-15 10:19

AUBURN HILLS, Michigan - BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E63, Audi RS6... We're living in a great age of super German-made sedans.

Across the Atlantic however, Dodge has flexed its claws with its Charger SRT (Street Racing Technology) Hellcat, a muscle car they say is the fastest and powerful saloon in the world. 

The SRT Hellcat gives German sports cars pause for concern with its supercharged 6.2 litre HEMI V8 capable of producing 527kW/880Nm mated to a eight-speed auto (modified from the 300C and Jeep SRT8.

'CAT CORNERED IN A DARK ALLEY'

Dodge is vague on its 0-100km/h figure but claims its hellcat and reach a top speed of 325km/h and 0-160km/h in 13 seconds.

There are three driving modes (street, sport and track) which alter the characteristics of the Hellcat from fast to "a cat cornered in a dark alley".

In terms of design, its two massive exhausts dominate the rear, while the front is gleaned with sleek LEDs. The front airdam paints gives its a menacing look and its gaping airdam on the bonnet channels cool air to the engine and supercharger.  

IMAGE GALLERY: 2014 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

The Charger SRT Hellcat is equipped with 20" forged aluminum wheels and massive Brembo brakes

To fully unleash the Hellcat's 527kW, a second key fob, finished in a red hue, is needed as the "normal" black fob limits power. We can only assume most owners will leave the black key at home. 

HELLCAT CHALLENGER

Talk show host and petrol head Jay Leno has a superb garage which he showcases on his YouTube channel, Jay Leno's Garage. Check out how Leno makes his SRT Hellcar scream.

Sadly, since these muscle cars are in left-hand drive only, they won't make their way to our shores.

However, here's some American muscle you can order in SA...

RAM TRUCKS IN SA

American muscle trucks, modified to suit right-hand drive, are available in South Africa though a Dodge Ram import and modification specialist. Check out these vehicles courtesy of US Trucks in SA!








Comments
  • Netha Maharaj - 2014-08-15 10:42

    whats the point of this article.this vehicle will not be available locally

  • Johan Kritzinger - 2014-08-15 13:40

    Is 0-160km in 13 seconds realy that great?

      Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2014-08-15 14:17

      I agree, it's not impressive at all.

      Johan Grundling - 2014-08-15 14:39

      And a 325km/h top end? Not too bad but the unrestricted older generation M5 hit 337 and yet Dodge claim that it is the fastest? Typical All American arrogance!

      Peter Viljoen - 2014-08-17 13:38

      Er Johan they said most powerful sedan, not fasted. Typical South African stupidity.

  • Kwashirai Chigodora - 2014-08-15 14:40

    Dont worry... there's rumours that the Mustang might respond with a more powerful SVT... and those do come in right hand drive!

      Kwashirai Chigodora - 2014-08-15 14:41

      and will be coming to SA too! so who knows..that SVT may be seen in millionaire drive ways

      Erik Kasper Van Wyk - 2014-08-15 20:17

      Who will be bringing them in?

  • Carel du Preez - 2014-08-15 14:52

    The article got it wrong - that's 0-160-0 in under 13 seconds - 1/4 mile in 11 seconds. Not bad for base price of US$60000. Now if only these can come to South Africa!

      Fanie Gerber - 2014-08-22 22:11

      and 0-100 in 3.7 - I watched the webcast of the release

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