Proof that Dodge has been lying all along about the Challenger SRT Hellcat

Dodge has built a reputation as one of the most powerful muscle cars on the market with the Challenger SRT Hellcat. This incredible ride has evolved over time to become one of the most sought after cars in the entire industry. It’s a real muscle car with serious horsepower under the hood.

But there are few models in the world that combine history and modernity quite like the Challenger. Lately there has been some controversy surrounding the Hellcat, particularly regarding horsepower. Let’s just say things aren’t exactly right.


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The Many Lives of a Hellcat


A shot of an SRT demon doing a burnout at a drag strip

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT is an impressive piece of engineering that has undergone some serious changes and upgrades since it first hit the road in the late 2000s. It all started in 2015 when Dodge Performance first introduced the 707-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine to the Challenger platform, making it one of the most powerful production cars at the time.

Two years later in 2017, Dodge Performance raised the bar and went even further with its Demon model. Designed for drag racing, this exceptional vehicle featured a massive 840 horsepower engine, along with streamlined styling details and all sorts of goodies like race-ready tires and custom launch control systems – all topped off with huge aspirational performance figures.

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The True Hellcat Perrrr formance (according to Dodge)

A silver Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

An exterior shot of a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

The Hellcat is one of the most beastly vehicles on the road today. With a 6.2-liter Supercharged V-8 engine, this car can generate 707 horsepower, 650 pound-feet of torque and go from 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. It also has an eight-speed automatic transmission for seamless shifting and improved steering for optimum handling.

Both the Standard Hellcat SRT and Redeye models are available in regular and widebody trims. This is a ride that exudes style both inside and out. Cost between $70,835 and $85,745; you can further personalize your Challenger SRT Hellcat by diving into the plethora of available Mopar options with everything from a satin painted hood and double stripes to fancier rims and an SRT Performance Spoiler.


2022 Dodge Challenger interior, front seat view

Inside you’ll find heavily padded leather seats, an 8.4-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration, and even an 18-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system. What more could you want in a vehicle? No corners have been cut when it comes to the Hellcat; you are guaranteed top quality performance and comfort when you take this baby for a ride.

The muscle behind the muscle

Direct connection

Dodge Challenger equipped with direct connectors on the drag strip

This year Dodge really took things to a whole new level with their latest iteration of the Hellcat Redeye. With an extra 30 horsepower (now up to 750) and a perfectly tuned chassis configuration, this monster packs a mighty punch that continues to raise the bar for performance vehicles around the world.

Dodge pays homage to an unsung street racing hero with their limited-edition King Daytona package for the 2023 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The special car was designed as a tribute to Big Willie Robinson – a pioneer of African-American motorsport and a respected figure among street racers worldwide, who made his mark behind the wheel of an orange 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona.

Big Willie Robinson knew drag racing could be more than just a hobby; it had the potential to bring people together. In 1968, with help from the Los Angeles Police Department, he founded an organization—The International and National Brotherhood of Street Racers—with one simple message: “If you’re racing, you’re not killing.” This initiative united men and women through their shared passion for cars.

Founded in Southern California and with a peak of 80,000 members in 38 US states and nine countries around the world, The International & National Brotherhood of Street Racers was a phenomenon that not only prevented violent crimes, but also revolutionized drag racing! Uniting people through the sport, it introduced numerous individuals to this thrilling adrenaline filled pastime where they could show off their car’s speed potential with friendly competitors.

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The Dyno doesn’t lie, this is the real thing!

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one of the most popular muscle cars on the market today. Not for nothing: it has a powerful engine, a streamlined design and a real reputation on the street. But what really makes the Hellcat stand out is its impressive track performance.

This car is built for speed, and it certainly delivers. So why is there so much controversy when it comes to horsepower?! Freedom Street Garage took the Hellcat SRT to the JBA Speed ​​Shop and put it on their dyno. The Hellcat SRT generated unexpected numbers!

The dyno results made it undeniably clear that Dodge’s Hellcat makes a whopping 748 horses; making the advertised power output of 717 horsepower seem somewhat conservative. Not to mention, 563whp (wheel horsepower) and an impressive 521 pound-feet of torque were recorded during the JBA run. While this translates to 25% powertrain loss, which is quite high, there are a few factors to consider.

Air temperature, altitude, and fuel (octane) can all affect output performance. The run was also completed using a Mustang dynamometer, so that’s another thing to consider as well.

Watch the dyno run for yourself, watch the Freedom Street Garage YouTube video, “Dodge Lied! Hellcat SRT Dyno HP.”

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