If you ever wondered what it would be like to really unleash a Dodge Hellcat, then this video is basically it.
It’s safe to say that the majority of Challenger owners opt for the naturally-aspirated HEMI V8, but Dodge positions itself as a carmaker where power is the priority. The Hellcat is Dodge’s answer to customers demanding that their 6.2-L HEMI V8 come with a supercharger in order to give it the most power it can without the problems of turbo-lag. That, and because the whine of the supercharger provides the perfect duet to the roar of the big V8.
When given its 2.7-L supercharger, that HEMI V8 makes a blistering 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Yes, the Challenger is a heavy car at almost 4,500 lbs, but 700 horsepower is more than enough to move it with a certain sense of alacrity. Zero to sixty takes just 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 199 mph. Quarter-mile times have been measured at the high-10-second range even on street radials.
There is no denying that the Hellcat is an inefficient car using more power to get over its inefficiencies, but that’s all just part of the muscle car charm.
Few places in the world allow the Hellcat to unleash all 707 horses, but one of those places is the German Autobahn. Or at least the parts of it that don’t have a speed limit. Not every part of Germany’s famous highway system allows drivers to put their foot down and fly as fast as they dare.
Thanks to AutoTopNL, we get to experience first-hand what it would be like to climb into a Hellcat and take it to one of the few places on Earth where you can use it to its full potential. Our driver first attaches his cell phone to the A-pillar before taking it up the on-ramp and onto the Autobahn proper. Then, it’s just a few moments before the pedal hits the proverbial metal.
Top speed on this run is just 168 mph (270 kph), but that’s still faster than a Hellcat can legally travel on most roads.