2015 Charger Ups Horsepower to 707; Only Question is Why
|   Friday, August 15, 2014
In an era when we have been told to buy hybrids, diesels and electrics to conserve gasoline, cut emissions and help the environment, Dodge has decided to chart an alternative course by upping the performance of its Charger SRT Hellcat.

While it's true that a number of very efficient V-6 and V-8 engines have been turned out by the auto industry in recent years. Each class of engine is easily capable of combined city/highway mileages in the high 20s or 30s, while also combining excellent performance.
Indeed, some of the V-6 engines put out some impressive numbers as do the V-8s, while still keeping mileage under control, using automatics that add two or three extra gears.

But, you have to wonder why Chrysler Corp. would up the horsepower ante to 707 in its 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat. It just seems like overkill or a try for bragging rights.

One really can't fault the numbers or new design of the SRT Hellcat. The front and rear have been nicely redone, while the interior has been nicely restyled and it is likely that more than one judge in the "car of the year" contests that will be held in the fall will likely include this one somewhere. But, really, one has to ask oneself why does a vehicle need 707 horsepower and 650 pounds feet of torque, according the newspress USA.com.

Handling the stresses of the 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat engine must have put the engineering and development team through a ringer as they have come up with an adaptive three-piece suspension system that can be tuned for maximum efficiency. The type of power that the SRT Hellcat lays down requires 20-inch tires with a huge 9-inch wide wheel at each corner. The wheels are specially built to handle the stresses, as is the Pirelli performance rubber at each corner.

Chrysler proudly told newspress USA.com that this is the most powerful Chrysler product ever built, so one can see, the automaker is probably after bragging rights this year as this vehicle not only puts out prodigious power, but also uses huge, six-piston performance Brembo rotors and calipers and has real heat extractors where most carmaker would probably use faux pieces that look real.

Finally, to make this somewhat more palatable to the emissions-control crowd, the Charger SRT Hellcat features the world's only eight-speed automatic transmission.
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