The world has definitely taken notice of Dodge’s new Challenger SRT Hellcat . Journalist from all over the world rave about its 707 horsepower and its ability to run the quarter-mile in 10.8 seconds on drag radials, while still getting nearly 20 mpg while cruising down the highway. Well, the time has come for famed car guy Jay Leno to get behind the Hellcat’s wheel.
Helping Jay give the Challenger a once-over is the President and CEO of Dodge, Tim Kuniskis. The two guys quickly start talking about the how the new Challenger Hellcat compares with Jay’s original 1970 Challenger that’s powered by the legendary 426 HEMI — a car that when new, represented the same outrageous performance as the Challenger Hellcat of today.
“The 1970 Challenger,” Jay says, “This was like the scariest car in the world when I was a kid. 425 horsepower, 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. Now not so much.” Jay continues saying, “It’s like walking around with a rolled up sock in your pants…it’s not that impressive. But this, (pointing to the 2015 Challenger Hellcat), this is impressive."
As he walks toward the 2015 Challenger Hellcat, it’s stunning to see the size difference between the two cars. There’s no wondering why Dodge had to stuff 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque under its hood. As Tim walks Jay through the workings of the Hellcat, he spouts off some impressive facts. At around the 17-minute mark, Tim walks Jay through the SRT Performance Pages on the Challenger’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen.
Of course, no muscle-bound Jay Leno’s Garage is complete without a smoky burnout at the end. Sure enough the Hellcat’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, HEMI V-8 provides plenty of billowing clouds for theatrics.