5 things we like about the Dodge Challenger Hellcat (5 reasons why we’d rather buy a Scat Pack)

Cleverness is one of the biggest names in the muscle car market, and has been for decades. The famed Charger and Challenger cars are two of Dodge’s greatest and most famous icons, and with good reason. Unfortunately, both cars are now coming to an end, before Dodge breaks new ground and starts producing electric versions of them. The Challenger remains a beast of a car, and at dusk Dodge offers the car plenty of powertrain and design options, spoiling the choice of gearboxes.


While there are many versions of the Challenger to suit a wide variety of customers, the Hellcat is undoubtedly the most monstrous version. The power of the Hellcat is close to the Scat Pack Challenger, which far exceeds the car’s more standard trim. We don’t blame you for being a little confused between the two as you make your choice, as both the Hellcat and Scat Pack Challenger are equally impressive options with plenty of merit. That said, here are 5 things we love about the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and 5 reasons why we’d rather have a Scat Pack than this one.

10/10 The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is one of the most powerful production cars in the world

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People know the Dodge Challenger Hellcat as one of the most powerful production cars in the world, and it sure is a monstrosity straight off the assembly line.

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Armed with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that delivers a heart-pumping 707 horsepower along with 650 lb-ft of torque, the Challenger Hellcat is for those who want nothing but raw, unadulterated power.

9/10 The Scat Pack Dodge Challenger is still quite powerful without the extra price

The Dodge Challenger Scat Pack on the road.
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While the Dodge Challenger GT and R/T models are quite impressive in their own right, it’s the Scat Pack trim where you begin to see the huge difference in power from the rest of the models. The 392 Hemi V8 under the hood of the Scat Pack challenger puts out 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque.

Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Burnout machine
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While these numbers may pale in comparison to the Hellcat or the Redeye, the Scat Pack Challenger puts virtually every car in its class to shame. After all, a 0 to 60 time of 4.2 seconds gives the Scat Pack some serious bragging rights.

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8/10 The Hellcat is terrifyingly faster than the Scat Pack

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The V8 under the hood of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat equips it with an insane 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. This means that while the Scat pack is pretty fast, it doesn’t hold a candle to the demon that is the Hellcat.

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Thanks to the extra ponies the Hellcat holds under the hood, it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds, which is a full second faster than what the Challenger Scat Pack can do.

7/10 Dodge offers plenty of performance-oriented features with the Scat Pack Challenger

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Since the high-end Challenger trim levels begin with the Scat Pack, Dodge also includes many performance-oriented features as standard on the Scat Pack.

These features include jump start assists, launch control and various driving modes such as Eco, Valet, Sport, Track and a custom mode.

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The Dodge Challenger Scat Pack also comes with high-performance suspension that comes standard with Bilstein shocks, for a more balanced and confident ride as you set the tarmac ablaze.

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6/10 The Dodge Challenger Hellcat carves its own place with a unique visual design

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When a Dodge Challenger Hellcat passes by, onlookers draw attention and know which high-performance version of this iconic muscle car is passing by. This is thanks to the Hellcat’s striking visual design.

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The exterior design of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat features a unique grille and bumper, along with a double-cut hood. The larger air intakes on the Challenger Hellcat grab eyeballs and help cool the engine. The Hellcat rides on stylish 20-inch black wheels with an upgraded six-piston brake package.

5/10 The wheels on the Scat Pack Dodge Challenger roll in for controlled cornering

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While considerably less powerful than its Hellcat brother, the Dodge Challenger Scat package is still quite a powerful car that could outshine the best sports cars of its time.

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Dodge equips the Scat Pack Challenger with upgraded Brembo 4-piston high-performance brakes, and the 20-inch wheels that come standard on the trim even face inward. This inward angle helps the car to corner at high speeds.

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4/10 The Hellcat is the only Dodge Challenger to come with competition suspension

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There are a few things that are exclusive to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, like an intercooler system that keeps the powerful engine cool as it hurtles through the roads.

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Another thing that’s exclusive to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat is the high-performance and competitive suspension options. These top-level suspension options keep the Hellcat composed in turns and corners.

3/10 The Scat Pack Dodge Challenger proves more efficient than the Hellcat variant

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When comparing efficiency to power, the Scat Pack Challenger seems like the more reasonable choice to make. Sure, if you have a Hellcat, you certainly don’t care that much about the mileage, but it’s undeniably a factor.

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According to the EPA, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat has an estimated fuel economy of 13 MPG in the city, 21 MPG on the highway, and 16 MPG combined. The Scat Pack, on the other hand, delivers 15 MPG and 24 MPG in the city and on the highway, respectively.

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2/10 The Hellcat Redeye Dodge Challenger manages to push even the Hellcat up a notch

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If you thought the Dodge Challenger Hellcat was extremely powerful, the Hellcat Redeye would make you think. The supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 under the hood of the Challenger Redeye delivers an astonishing 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque.

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Not only that, but the Widebody variant of the Challenger Redeye is the only factory-produced supercharged muscle car to come with widebody fender flares. These larger flares and tires help the Hellcat Redeye keep up with the balls-to-the-wall performance of the Redeye.

1/10 The Scat Pack Widebody Dodge Challenger draws even more eyes on the road

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There’s simply no denying the allure of a widebody muscle car, and the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Widebody is simply impossible to take your eyes off.

Dodge Challenger Scat Package Widebody
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Thanks to the wider fenders on the Widebody Scat Pack, the Challenger presents a more aggressive and intimidating image in the rearview mirror, one that draws attention and perks up the ears wherever it goes.

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