Note: 2015 Dodge Charger pictured here.
Introduced in 1966 as a two-door coupe and revised in 1968 and 1971, the Dodge Charger quickly made a name for itself as one of the most important muscle cars ever built. The Charger nameplate started to fade as the oil crisis hit the United States in the early 1970s and disappeared completely in 1977. A fifth-generation model resurrected the brand in 1982, but the Charger was axed for the second time in 1987.
The iconic name was revived yet again in 2006, when the Charger became the vehicle we all know today: a four-door sedan. The sixth-generation model was built until 2010, when a brand-new, evolutionary iteration was unveiled. For the 2015 model year, the Charger received yet another overhaul, this time receiving brand new front and rear fascias and a revamped interior. As we’re moving toward the vehicle’s on-sale date, the refreshed Charger is rumored to become even more menacing, as Dodge is reportedly planning to drop the outrageous Hellcat engine under its bonnet.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
Updated Aerodynamics, Insane Power and Torque
It’s no mystery that Dodge is planning to roll out a supercharged Charger sometime in the future, but, according to AutoGuide, the Hellcat-powered sedan could break cover as soon as this fall. Naturally, the Charger will benefit from the same 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque as the Challenger Hellcat SRT , making it the most powerful sedan in the full-size segment.
The same source claims the Charger Hellcat will only become available with the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, but we wouldn’t rule a six-speed manual out just yet. The Hellcat engine will not only make the Charger awfully powerful, but blistering quick too. Expect the supercharger, 6.2-liter, HEMI V-8 to propel the sedan from naught to 60 mph in less than four seconds and enable it to complete the quarter-mile in less than 12 seconds.
The huge amount of power will also come with proper aerodynamics, including reshaped bumpers, a large front splitter and a bigger spoiler at the rear. The dual air extractors will also find their way into the Charger’s hood, along with the Air Catcher inlet port. Wind tunnel-tuned side sills and "Supercharged" fender badges will round off the sedan’s unique, menacing appearance.
Since the Charger’s traditional U.S. rivals, the Ford Taurus and the Chevrolet Impala, will be no match for the Hellcat, we have to dig a little deeper into V-8 territory for the proper rigs. The closest four-door muscle car that comes to mind is the Australian-designed Chevrolet SS. Based on the brand-new Holden Commodore, the SS carries a massive 6.2-liter V-8 that delivers 415 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque through a six-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive sedan charges from naught to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
Sure, these figures are nowhere near those of a Charger Hellcat SRT, but the SS is quite affordable compared to the supercharged Mopar. Priced from $45,770, the Chevy SS is cheaper than the current Charger SRT8 and fetches a lot less than the Hellcat will.
Gallery Chevrolet SS Performance
Those looking for more power will have to start looking for Mercedes-Benz dealerships and the E-Class sitting at the top of its range: the E63 AMG S-Model. Powered by a bi-turbo, 5.5-liter V-8 engine, this stylish and luxurious sedan leaves rubber marks on the pavement by means of 577 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. Although it lacks exactly 130 ponies when compared to the Charger Hellcat, the E63 AMG fights back with superior dynamics and luxury features.
Still, the German sedan is quite the fast machine from 0 to 60 mph, achieving the sprint in only 3.6 seconds thanks to its 4MATIC, all-wheel-drive configuration. Pricing-wise, the E63 AMG S-Model costs $99,770 before options, making it at least $40,000 more expensive than the Charger Hellcat SRT.