We already knew the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat packed a 707-hp punch from its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, but now we know just how quickly the muscle car will hustle down a quarter-mile track. According to Dodge's own testing, the Hellcat runs the quarter mile in 11.2 seconds at 125 mph. When fitted with drag radials instead of its standard Pirelli P Zero street tires, the Hellcat managed a 10.8-second run at 126 mph.
"It wasn't long ago that a 10-second car, was a full-on race car," Dodge and SRT president Tim Kuniskis said in a statement. "Not only can Challenger run 10s on the drag strip, but you can also fit your family and drive cross country."
These performance figures make the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat one of the fastest production cars available. For context, our reigning Automobile of the Year, the 460-hp 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, ran the quarter mile in 11.9 seconds at 118 mph. When we took the 580-hp 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the 662-hp 2012 Ford Shelby GT500 to the drag strip two years ago, the former managed a 12.38-second run at 115 mph, while the GT500 did 11.78 seconds at 125 mph.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger's supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine produces 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, directed to the rear wheels either by a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Only a handful of U.S.-market production cars offer more horsepower -- they include the Ferrari LaFerrari, the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder, and the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta. The Hellcat hits showrooms in the third quarter of this year.
For more on the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and to see it run its 11.2-second quarter-mile, check out the video below.