2019 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Octane Edition
If there’s anything sexier than a Dodge Charger, it is a Dodge Charger equipped with even more fierce-looking equipment. Earlier this week, Dodge announced the 2019 Charger SRT HellcatOctane Edition that is available in two shades - Pitch Black and White Knuckle. My favorite, of course, being the darker one. The Octane Edition is purely cosmetic and does not add any extra power to the beast. But, when you have over 700 ponies under the hood, you don’t really need to tweak the car mechanically.
By now, everybody and their grandma knows what the Hellcat name means for Dodge. It’s synonymous with 707 horsepower of supercharged V-8 goodness that makes both the Challenger and the Charger extraordinarily ferocious machines of American might. There are countless write-ups with hard numbers of 0-to-60 times, quarter-mile runs, and so forth. This isn’t one of those reviews. No, I wanted to know what it was like to live with and drive the most powerful production sedan on the planet throughout the week.
Obviously the four-door Charger should be much easier to live with than the 2+2 Challenger – that’s a given – and it proves true. Despite the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat’s insane amount of horsepower and torque, it’s still a Charger underneath. Show up to the rental counter at your local airport, and you can drive the Charger minus the powertrain, fancy (and functional) hood scoops, and performance rubber.
That fact actually helps the Charger Hellcat. Sure it’s a powerful sedan, but it also foregoes the usual compromises associated with a performance-focused machine. So let’s get down and dirty in the daily grind of owning a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.
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