Welcome to the most powerful production sedan in the world, and also possibly the fastest production sedan in the world. This is the new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, featuring Chrysler’s mammoth supercharged V8 engine.
The Hellcat is Chrysler’s most powerful V8 engine it has ever come up with for a road car. It’s a 6.2-litre supercharged V8 producing a mind-blowing 527kW of power and a tree-stump-ripping 880Nm of torque.
Out on the tarmac, Dodge says the Charger can cover the quarter mile in just 11.0 seconds flat. There’s no mention of the 0-100km/h time, obviously that’s not really important here. It can perform 0-160-0km/h in under 13 seconds, and has a top speed of 328.3km/h.
You might recognise this engine from the Challenger SRT Hellcat. Australians have all of their fingers crossed in hope that either the Challenger or this new Charger reaches local shores some time soon, with the Hellcat engine. We have heard word that Chrysler Australia has considered the Challenger before.
Aside from the mental engine, the new model is equipped with 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres, two-piece 15.4-inch front brake discs clamped by six-piston Brembo calipers, as well as a heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission.
Inside, the driver gets a reconfigurable seven-inch digital gauge, while front passengers use an 8.4-inch Uconnect touch-screen infotainment system with a multitude of apps and driving modes. There’s also a Nappa leather and Alcantara upholstery, and two key fobs – a red one for all 527kW and a black one that restricts power to 373kW.
Production of the new model will kick off during the start of 2015. Keep those fingers crossed for an Aussie introduction.