Five years ago today, the Dodge//SRT brand shook up the automotive world by introducing the 707 horsepower 2015 Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT sedan. The car was a huge step for the performance brand, making the four-door Charger sedan, the quickest, fastest, and most powerful sedan ever. It’s hard to think its been five years already since the unveiling of such an iconic car for the brand.
I was on hand to see the unveiling of the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT and with the famed Vinsetta Garage on Woodward Avenue packed with the automotive press, you could tell that Dodge//SRT was unveiling something special. At the time the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT was claimed to have an NHRA-certified quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.0-seconds on street tires and a top speed of 204 mph (328 km/h). Something you would only think that would come from a four-door sedan costing $250,000 USD to $500,000. But no, here it was in a package that had a starting U.S. MSRP of $63,995 (including $1,700 gas guzzler tax).
The very first 2015 Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT rolled off of the Brampton Assembly line on January 12th, 2015.
With over 10,000 of the Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT sedan out there, it’s common to see the supercharged sedan roaming around on the streets, car shows, or at the local drag strip now. From 2015 to 2019, Dodge//SRT did slight changes to keep the car fresh with color changes, badging updates, and cutting standard content to lower the starting price of the car. But the 2020 model year, is the first time we will see a big change for the Charger SRT HELLCAT with the introduction of the new standard Widebody package.
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT Widebody enhances the supercharged Charger’s overall performance. Now, with times like a 0-60 mph in 3.6-seconds and a quarter-mile elapsed time in 10.96 seconds, pulling .96 g on the skidpad, which makes it the quickest and best-handling production Dodge Charger SRT HELLCAT ever. While the 2020 model delivers a top speed of 196 mph, which is 8 mph slower than the 2015 model, the car still retains its reign as the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world.
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