Ever since the Hellcat line was released there has been controversy spilling out the top of the glass. Does the weight make the car useless? Are the tires too small? Why do you need that much horsepower in a sedan? We need that much horsepower because its badass!
In the modern automotive world we are cracking down on emissions and lowering the engine sizes, for example the AMG 6.2 L naturally aspirated V8, one of the best engines ever made was cut from the Mercedes lineup. Then Dodge gives the world the middle finger and puts a 6.2 L supercharged V8 with 707 hp and 650 pound feet of torque in the Challenger and Charger and calls it the Hellcat. 707 HORSEPOWER! That’s some insane figures. An even more insane figure, a large disappointing figure, the weight. Dodge’s Hellcat comes in at a whopping 5450 lbs. It’s a tank on wheels basically. Then it throws you another curve ball, probably the most mind boggling thing Dodge could have done, they threw 275’s on the back wheels. Such little rubber on in the back will make the Hellcat’s tires spin like crazy considering the torque and horsepower ratings.
Even with these downsides there is no car that beats the money to power ratio better than the Hellcat range, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat comes in at a very minuscule $64,000. Would I rather pay some extra money for weight reduction and wider tires? Yes, yes I would. Would I not buy the car because of these downsides? Hell no. Buying a Hellcat means you are buying a piece of history, the year Dodge decided to give the middle finger and build a monster on wheels. Even though its not the fastest (3.6 seconds 0-60) you will get infinite amounts of enjoyment from the the whining yelps of the 6.2 L dragon mouth, to the burnouts that will create enough smoke to cover Manhattan for a day. Hellcat in this case stands for, “We’re Dodge and we do what we want!” For them to create this vehicle gives us hope that Dodge is crazy and will create more badassery in the future (maybe a Viper Hellcat? Please.). I will ad the edmunds.com link in case you really car about mpg and such but if you’re buying a Hellcat who cares.
Its too early to say goodbye to big engines and pure muscle. Dodge has my full support to continue to defy emissions standards and allow people to literally drive a bear on wheels.