It turns out that Dodge was severely underestimating when it announced that the supercharged 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat would make “600-plus hp.” The actual number is an insane 707 hp, which blows away the 650-hp 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 to become the most powerful American car on the market. It's also the most powerful car on sale in the U.S. available with a manual transmission.
When it announced the new Z06’s power figure, Chevrolet bragged that only a select few supercars made more power than the track-focused Corvette. That list is even shorter for the Challenger Hellcat, though, as only four cars in production today have more horsepower than this tire-shredding muscle car. Only the 963-hp Ferrari LaFerrari, the 890-hp McLaren P1, the 887-hp Porsche 918 Spyder, and the 730-hp Ferrari F12 Berlinetta can top the Challenger Hellcat, as the Dodge handily beats all Lamborghini models, all Porsche models, and its SRT brethren, the 640-hp, V-10-powered Viper.
The supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 in the Hellcat also makes a heady 650 lb-ft of torque, all of which is routed to the rear wheels through either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Even beyond the struggle to put all of this power to the road without incinerating the rear tires, accessing the total horsepower potential of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is more complicated than you might think. Each Hellcat coupe will come standard with two key fobs: a black fob that limits the engine to a more reasonable 500 hp, and a red fob that unleashes the full power of the monstrous supercharged V-8. Only give the latter to your most trusted friends.
We don’t yet know how much the 707-hp 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will cost, but we would expect a starting price around $55,000. That’s a screaming deal for a car that produces nearly double the horsepower of the Challenger R/T’s already raucous 5.7-liter Hemi V-8.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, along with its more mainstream 2015 Dodge Challenger stablemates, will go on sale in the third quarter of 2014. Until then, we’ll all try to wrap our head around the insanity of a 707-hp musclecar.