Already known as the most powerful four-door sedan on the planet, the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat now has a new talent — drifting.
Reaching speeds as high as 204 miles per hour, the 707 horsepower engine is in a class all its own. According to Car and Driver, Dodge claims the 707-horse power engine shines on the drag strip, reaching 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds. The Charger runs an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 11 seconds, making it the fastest stock car on the planet.
Last week, American gear-head darling Roadkill, which is poised to replace the now good-as-defunct Top Gear, tested the ruggedness and endurance of the 2015 Charger against its brothers, the Dodge Viper and the Dodge Challenger, in a side-by-side comparison of drift styles. The action begins around 17:11 when the Charger is run on the track for some drift practice.
The clear winner was the Charger, beating out the sexier Viper and the Charger’s twin, the Challenger, by a wide margin. Even more impressive: The Charger comes only with an automatic transmission that’s controlled by paddles, as one of Roadkill’s presenters found out mid-drift.
To control all this power, the Charger comes with two keys: a black one that limits the horsepower to a measly 500, and a red one that unharnesses the full muscle of all 707 horses.
Although Roadkill’s drivers need a tire replacement half way through the test, the German presenters in AutoBild manage to keep their tires intact. AutoBild released a similar video showing off the drifting moves of the Dodge Charger. If you’re a car aficionado who loves to hear the loud rumbling of high-performance vehicles, you’ll appreciate the smoke and burning rubber in this video. Sit back and enjoy the noise beginning at 2:30. One warning: The video is in German, but that doesn’t detract from the impressive burnouts.
As yet, the Charger’s power and muscle is unchallenged, although BMW claims the newest Alpina version of the BMW M5 will give it a run for its money. Although there’s some speculation the M5 might be more powerful, the 591 horsepower engine simply won’t compare to the Charger’s 707 horses, and its top speed of 204 miles per hour is equal to that of the Dodge Charger.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Dodge recently told it’s dealer network to stop taking orders for the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat because the company simply can’t make them fast enough. The company still hasn’t formalized a release date, though the brand claims it will try to make all buyers happy.
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