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2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Test Drive Review

Ever since its launch in 2009, the Dodge Challenger has been a favorite among discerning customers who want good looks, performance, and grand-touring amenities.

And just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, Dodge comes in with the tire-shredding 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat.

See what it’s like to command all of this power and performance with a closer look at our 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat test model.

 

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2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Exterior

The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat draws upon its muscle-car pedigree for a look that’s unmistakably American.

The model-specific front fascia and SRT hood give the Challenger Hellcat an aggressive look while also helping to channel more air into and out of the engine bay thanks to larger ducts and vents. Four signature LED headlamp halo surrounds, inspired by the iconic 1971 Challenger, add personality to the front-end while high-intensity discharge (HID) headlamps pierce through the darkness ahead.

Nothing else on the road looks like the Challenger with its long and sleek proportions. It sits with the slightest forward rake and has large thruster rear-quarter panels to emphasize a “dragstrip ready” look. A redesigned rear valance with a black spoiler gives the Challenger Hellcat a wide and planted stance, finished off with fascia-mounted exhaust tips.

Our test model came with the heritage TorRed exterior color along with dual carbon stripes and 20-inch Brass Monkey SRT forged wheels. This combination really turned heads on the road, and makes the car look fast even while sitting still.

 

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2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Interior

The heritage-inspired styling continues on the inside with a performance-focused cockpit and an aluminum-stamped driver’s bezel.

In between the classic-looking speedometer and tachometer is a 7-inch customizable digital display that provides a variety of information about the car along with real-time performance data. An SRT-branded heated steering wheel features a flat-bottom design and offers precise control for tight cornering.

The award-winning 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system anchors the dashboard with its beautiful touchscreen and vibrant graphics. This is where you’ll access all sorts of entertainment and connectivity options like GPS navigation, satellite radio, smartphone enabled apps, and so much more. The SRT Performance Pages app utilizes the large screen to communicate real-time engine performance as well as lap times and G-forces.

Seating in the Challenger is a 2+2 configuration that features a power 6-way driver seat with power 4-way lumbar support, and all seating surfaces are wrapped in premium Laguna leather. The front seats are heated and vented, and dual-zone automatic temperature control keeps the cabin at the perfect temperature regardless of what’s happening on the outside.

Our test model also came standard with an 18-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system and integrated voice command with Bluetooth.

 

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2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Performance

Underneath the Challenger Hellcat’s pronounced power bulge hood is a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque — enough to rocket the car from 0 – 60 mph in just over 3 seconds (with the eight-speed automatic transmission).

With a top speed of 199 mph, the Challenger Hellcat can clear a quarter-mile from a standing start in 11.2 seconds using only street tires (NHRA certified elapsed time). And putting this kind of power on the street means that every outing is extremely rewarding, especially when the supercharger sings its high-pitched song under higher throttle.

Three drive modes — Street, Sport, and Track — adjust the Challenger’s handling characteristics for a customized experience. Steering weight, suspension stiffness, traction control, shift points (automatic transmission), and throttle response can be modified to suit your current mood. The engine can also be dialed down to 500 horsepower for better fuel economy on long highway cruises.

Our test model came standard with a TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission, which made for an engaging and exhilarating driving experience. The classic ball shift knob and quick-throw mechanics of the transmission really enhance the muscle-car feel of the Challenger.

Keeping all of this power in check is a set of Brembo 6-piston high-performance brakes, an anti-spin differential rear axle, and sticky Pirelli P-Zero tires.

As the fastest and most powerful muscle car ever produced, the Challenger SRT Hellcat delivers an experience that’s guaranteed to be unforgettable.

Fuel economy for the 2016 Challenger SRT Hellcat is an EPA estimated 13 mpg city and 21 mpg highway**.

 

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2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Safety

The 2016 Dodge Challenger features over 70 available safety and security features, many of which are typically found in more expensive luxury cars.

Accident-avoidance assistance features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path detection, forward collision warning, ParkSense rear park assist system, and much more.

In the event of a crash, advanced multistage front airbags along with supplemental seat-mounted and side-curtain airbags help to minimize injury. A 911 call button connects occupants directly with emergency-service providers via the built-in cellular connection, a function of Uconnect Access Services.

Other safety elements include electronic stability control, all-speed traction control, and rain-sensing wipers.

 

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2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Overall

The Challenger Hellcat is one of those special cars that can be everything you need it to be — daily-driver, grand-tourer, and track monster. Best of all, you feel like a boss when driving it.

With a starting MSRP of $62,495*, the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat offers unbeatable value and performance. Our test model came fully-equipped at $67,775*.

Sample the roar of the Challenger Hellcat by visiting your local AutoNation Dodge dealership.

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