Muscle car enthusiasts and collectors across the nation, gather ’round for this important news bulletin coming from Chrysler. The first production 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat , wearing the 0001 vehicle identification number (VIN), will be auctioned off during the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction held between September 25th and 27th.
Following this event, the Hellcat will join the exclusive club of muscle cars that have been donated for charity, which now includes the Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 , the COPO Camaro, and the brand-new, sixth-generation Ford Mustang among other vehicles. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Opportunity Village, a non-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area.
The Challenger SRT Hellcat set to go under the hammer at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on September 27th is more than just a regular Hellcat. The winning bidder will take delivery of a unique Hellcat fitted with an exclusive exterior paint, VIN documentation and one-of-a-kind memorabilia. Read on to find out more about these unique features.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001.
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 in detail
Setting the Challenger Hellcat VIN0001 apart from the regular model is an exclusive Stryker Red exterior. The hue is borrowed from the Dodge Viper palette and it will be hand-painted at the Viper’s state-of-the-art paint facility. Added to the Viper lineup just last year, the Stryker Red is a special hue that starts off as an orange base coat, on which a translucent red layer and a clear coat are applied. Every layer is sanded and waxed before the next one is applied, resulting in a paint process that takes around eight hours.
In addition to the this unique finish, the Hellcat’s exterior will also be enhanced by special "Hellcat" badging.
Inside, the muscle car will get the factory, premium Black Laguna leather, performance seats and all the brand-new technology that comes with the updated Challenger. The vehicle will also include an electronic build book and video documentary on the Hellcat VIN0001, photos, vehicle footage, an Challenger SRT Hellcat-embossed Laguna Leather iPad sleeve, a signed SRT Hellcat lithograph and a “birth certificate” for the VIN0001 muscle car. All these memorabilia items will be presented to the happy owner in a HEMI-painted presentation box.
The Hellcat’s engine will remain unaltered, but that’s far from being an issue. The supercharged, 6.2-liter, HEMI V-8 churns a whopping 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque and we have a feeling the winner won’t have any complaints about that.
With 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of twist on tap, the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT is the most powerful, factory-built muscle car ever created. The newest member of the SRT lineup is also the quickest muscle car ever built. The enormous amount of power enables the coupe to run the quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds with standard Pirelli tires and in only 10.8 seconds with drag radials. That makes the Challenger Hellcat quicker than the Ferrari Enzo and the Nissan GT-R Track Pack .
Distinguished by numerous details inside and out, including a unique front fascia design, larger wheels and huge Brembo brakes, the 2015 Challenger Hellcat SRT retails from $60,990, including destination and gas-guzzler tax.
Gallery Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Dodge announced today that it will auction the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001, the most powerful and fastest muscle car ever built, during the Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014 auction, which will be held Sept. 25-27 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Proceeds from the auction on Sept. 27, will benefit the not-for-profit Opportunity Village organization of Las Vegas.
The one-of-one special-edition 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, with a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® V-8 engine and 0001 vehicle identification number (VIN), has an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 10.8 seconds at 126 mph, 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque on tap right from the assembly line. Adding to the exclusivity, the donated muscle car will be the only Dodge Challenger to ever have a Viper-exclusive Stryker Red exterior - hand-painted at the Dodge Viper paint facility - and it will include special Hellcat badging, specific VIN documentation and one-of-a-kind memorabilia.
“The 2015 Challenger Hellcat is already guaranteed to be one of the hottest cars that will roll through the Barrett-Jackson auction lanes in decades to come,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge and SRT Brands, Chrysler Group LLC. “The VIN 0001 being auctioned this year is the ultimate one-of-one collectible 2015 Dodge Challenger, as Dodge is ensuring there will never be another one like it.”
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VIN0001 has a class-exclusive TorqueFlite 8-speed paddle shift automatic transmission with RPM matching downshifts, 15.4-inch Brembo front disc brakes with two-piece rotors and six-piston calipers, the largest brakes ever offered by Chrysler Group, and 20-by-9.5-inch wheels of lightweight matte black forged aluminum. It will have newly designed interior trimmed in premium Black Laguna leather on performance-oriented seats, a modern dash layout providing all of the technology features one would expect and an authentic forged-aluminum supercharger plenum cover under the hood.
The auction package includes a HEMI painted presentation box with a VIN0001 electronic vehicle build book and video documentary, still shots, vehicle footage, an authentic Challenger SRT Hellcat embossed Laguna Leather iPad sleeve, a signed SRT Hellcat lithograph and unique “birth certificate” for VIN0001. Additional information on the vehicle is available on the news feed page of www.driveSRT.com.
Barrett-Jackson is waiving all bidding and consignment fees, so 100 percent of the sale price will be donated to Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization that serves people with significant intellectual disabilities in the Las Vegas area. A prototype 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat will be on display at the Dodge booth located in Hall 3 during the second annual Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson from July 31 to Aug. 2 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center.
“With 707 horsepower, the 2015 Dodge Hellcat is more than just the most powerful muscle car built by an American manufacturer,” said Craig Jackson,Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “It’s also going to be the means to help countless people with severe intellectual and related disabilities reach their potential. We’re honored that Dodge chose our 2014 Las Vegas auction to sell Hellcat VIN001 to support Opportunity Village. Not only will the wonderful people at this organization benefit from the sale of this muscle car, but the winning bidder will own a truly amazing piece of American automotive history.”
“We are so unbelievably thankful for the support of Dodge and Barrett-Jackson,” said Linda Smith, Associate Executive Director, Opportunity Village. “We are touched by their amazing generosity and support of our mission here to support individuals with disabilities by giving them the chance to lead independent and fulfilling lives.”