We’ve seen the burnouts, the dyno runs and the quarter-mile times, but one thing we’ve yet to witness with regards to the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is a top-speed run to back up its claim of 204 mph. With Dodge getting ready to kick off sales of the Charger Hellcat, it released a video showing this sedan achieving its supercar-like top speed.
For starters, Dodge has the wonderful advantage of owning a 7.5-mile, high-speed oval track. It was here that the Charger Hellcat set its stunning top speed figure, on a cool, late-July morning last year with wind speeds ranging from 8 to 14 mph. It used a radar gun to clock the speed of the car with both a tailwind (206.9 mph) and a headwind (202.2 mph), averaging a top speed of 204.55 mph.
Most importantly, these runs were made with a Charger Hellcat in full production trim, with the exception of added safety items like a roll cage and racing harness. Despite the camouflage (this video was shot before the car’s introduction last August), Dodge says it made no modifications to the car’s aerodynamics, and it even used the stock tires that come on the Hellcat straight from the factory – a set of specially designed Pirelli.
What’s even more amazing is how stable this car looks at such a high speed, which is beyond impressive considering that at its core, it’s just a full-size family sedan.
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Watch the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Back Up Its 204-MPH Top Speed: Video
Top Speed:204 mph
Dodge says that the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the “most powerful, quickest and fastest sedan ever,” and it has the data to back up that claim. The heart of the Hellcat is Dodge’s new 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 producing 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, which helps the 4,560-pound sedan rocket down the quarter-mile in just 11 seconds and hit its top speed of 204 mph. All of the aerodynamic mods were designed to give the Charger Hellcat better performance at high speeds, as well as to keep that Hemi operating at optimal temperatures. Suspension upgrades and Brembo brakes ensure this car will be as fun to drive on a road course as it is on a drag strip… and even a 7.5-mile oval!
The Charger Hellcat delivers astronomical performance numbers, but it does so with a relatively reserved price that starts at $63,995 and includes the $1,700 gas-guzzler tax. As good as that price already is, Dodge makes the deal even sweeter by giving customers a day of driving and track instruction at the SRT Driving Experience.