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Insanely Fast: 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Sedan



Fresh from the wicked minds at SRT – the go-fast division of FiatChrysler, the American motorist can experience a street-legal race car in the form of the 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat sedan. Dodge and SRT designers re-sculpted and refined nearly every body panel with functional performance cues, including heat extractors in the hood, unique front and rear fascias and dramatic LED lighting in both front and rear.

Sharing its platform with the redesigned Charger sedan, the SRT Hellcat features a supercharged 6.2L V8 prime mover that makes over 700 horsepower! This Hellcat engine is Dodge and SRT’s first application of V-8 supercharger technology, featuring a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces. The result is a crank so well-engineered it can withstand firing pressures of 1,595 psi – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. And its unique, specially tuned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm.

High-strength, forged-alloy pistons, developed using advanced telemetry measurement, are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like-carbon-coated piston pins. The supercharged HEMI V-8 also has premium-grade, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, which are optimized for superior thermal conductivity. And its die-cast aluminum rocker covers are HEMI Orange.

Performance attributes on the Charger SRT include the largest brakes ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle – 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers, 20-by-9.5-inch wide forged-aluminum wheels with Pirelli P Zero performance tires, an adaptive damping three-mode suspension system and a TorqueFlite 8HP90 heavy-duty eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Charger Hellcat’s unrivaled four-door performance includes NHRA-certified, quarter mile elapsed time in 11.0 seconds on street tires, 0-100-0 mph in under 13 seconds and a top speed of 204 miles per hour (mph).

If that isn’t enough, the Charger SRT Hellcat sedan comes standard with two key fobs – red and black. The red key fob is the only key that can unlock the full horsepower and torque potential of the SRT Hellcat engine, while the black key fob limits the driver to a reduced engine output.

Unique interior design elements for the Charger SRT Hellcat includes; a SRT three-spoke, flat-bottom steering wheel, seven-inch reconfigurable digital gauge cluster, 8.4-inch touchscreen, Nappa leather and Alcantara suede seating, premium materials and a choice of four new trim and color combinations. SRT Performance Pages allow drivers to tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction and suspension.

Whether its on-road or on-track, Charger SRT owners can personalize their drive experience via the Drive Modes feature. Drive Modes tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, paddle shifters, traction and suspension. Drive Modes are pre-configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while the Custom setting lets the driver customize the drive experience to their favorite settings. The Drive Modes feature is controlled through the Uconnect system.

Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 120.4; overall length: 200.8; width: 75.0; height: 58.3
All vehicle measurements are in inches.

Engine: 6.2L Supercharged V8 – 707 hp at 6,000 rpm and 650 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm
Transmission: heavy-duty eight-speed automatic
EPA Fuel Economy: 13 city/22 highway
Cargo capacity: 16.5 cubic feet

Safety features
Dual front airbags, front seat mounted side-impact airbags, dual head curtain side-impact airbags, driver inflatable knee airbag, four-wheel Brembo six-piston ultra-high performance brakes with anti-lock, brake assist, brake override, rain brake support, ready alert braking, electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, hill-start assist, automatic bi-function high intensity discharge projector lamps, LED daytime running lamps, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, tip-start push button, blind-spot monitoring system, speed-sensitive power door locks, Keyless Enter ‘n Go, intelligent battery sensor, ParkSense rear park assist, ParkView rear backup camera, rear cross path detection, remote keyless entry, remote engine start, engine immobilizer, alarm system, universal garage door opener, tire sealant and electric compressor, and tire pressure monitoring system.
Optional safety feature includes navigation system.

Warranty
Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile
Powertrain: 5-year/100,000 mile
Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited
Roadside Assistance: 5-year/100,000 mile 24-hour

Pricing
The base Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat sedan starts from $67,995. Gas Guzzler Tax adds $1,700 and the destination charge adds $1,095.

About the Author

Ken Chester, Jr.

Ken Chester, Jr. is President & CEO of Motor News Media Corporation – an automotive news service founded in 1989 as The AutoBuyer Plus Corporation. Featured on numerous television and radio programs, viewers, listeners and readers alike relate to Ken's friendly manner and wealth of information about the many vehicles currently for sale in today's complex automotive marketplace.


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