Buy this car!
There — I’ve said it in the first line of this review. The 2018 Dodge Charger Hellcat has a base price of $67,995.00. Is that cheap? Oh God no, but from a “what do you get for your money” standpoint, it’s unbeatable. For that price you get an ultra-comfy four-door super-sedan that’ll run 11.0-seconds flat in the quarter mile, top out at 204 mph and hit 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds on drag radials. It will also carry five full-size adults, get 22 mpg* on the highway, and to top it off, it’s the most powerful mass production sedan ever. It’s part Abrams battle tank, part top-fuel dragster , and part “take the kids to school” machine.
For the full 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat review, specs, pricing and data read on…
2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Exterior
Designing aggression into an automobile that started life as a family-oriented hauler is not an easy thing to do. On the one hand it looks like it would dominate in a close-quarters bar fight. Yet on the other, it would look just as sexy parked in front of your favorite fine dining establishment. Truth be told, this might be the most American looking, American sedan ever produced. For 2018 Dodge has seen fit to resurrect the iconic F8 Green paint code and truth be told it goes perfectly with our testers 20 x 9.5 forged Brass Monkey rims.
The details however are what really give the car its presence. The headlights for instance are positioned at the outer edges of the front fenders giving the car a wider look. Then there’s the wide-mouth lower fascia that’s flanked on both sides by mesh covered air inlets. The hood is a beautiful piece in its own right and takes queues from a classic 1970 AAR ‘Cuda. Body colored side skirts and sculpted callouts also help to break up the slab sidedness of what was once a very boxy looking automobile. Out back the designers continued to take a page out of the history books by giving the Charger wraparound taillights similar to that of the 1970 model and recessing the rear window just a bit. The twin bazooka-size exhaust ports exiting from the blacked out lower rear fascia don’t hurt either.
2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Interior
The cabin of the 2018 Charger Hellcat represents a nice combination of sport and technology. The contours of the Hellcat seats have gone largely unchanged since the original Charger SRT8 debuted back in 2006, sans the addition of beautiful Laguna Leather along with new and more updated patterns. They’re some of the best in the business and offer great lateral and lumbar support along with heat and ventilation. The leather wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel has a great thickness to it and the t-handle shifter is something straight out of the 1970s. An 8.4” touchscreen for Uconnect 8.4 not only handles in-car functions such as navigation, climate and audio, but it also gives one access to the SRT Performance Pages, launch control settings and overall vehicle diagnostics. Here you can also configure transmission and suspension set-up, power output and steering feel.
From an ergonomic standpoint, the Charger is one of the most comfortable cars I’ve been in all year. Thanks to the greenhouse like interior, visibility is fantastic and once underway you’ll notice that interior noise levels are low thanks to some extra sound deadening material. The heated rear seats are more than adequate for adult passengers with interior trunk space coming in at 17.0 cubic feet.
2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Performance
From an engineering standpoint not much has changed for 2018. The 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 still churns out 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. The 8-speed Torqueflite automatic is still one of the best performing automatic transmissions I’ve come in contact with, and the massive six-piston Brembo brakes on huge 15.4-inch two-piece rotors (now available with orange calipers) haul this 4,550-pound sedan to a stop in no time. As for the suspension, you can choose from one of three settings (Street, Sport and Track), or set up your own custom configuration via the SRT apps that are available through the Uconnect system.
From a seat-of-the-pants perspective the Charger Hellcat is everything you’d expect from a car with 707hp. Plant your foot and even with the traction control on, the rear tires will go up in smoke and from a flat-out speed perspective it is simply unmatched in its class for the price. Surprisingly it also gets halfway decent mileage with EPA rated numbers coming in at 22 mpg highway, 13 mpg in the city and 16-mpg* in combined driving.
SRT engineers have also spent quite a lot of time on suspension tuning. With a curb weight of just over 4,500-lbs one might think the Charger would be unruly when pushed hard. However thanks to the adjustable Bilstein shocks and large 275-series performance tires at all four corners, the Charger manages its weight nicely. Now granted, you can’t fight physics, but in this thing it’s sure fun to try.
2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Safety
Crumple zones front and rear, airbags throughout the cabin, active head restraints, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning along with a host of other safety features mean that the 2018 Dodge Charger Hellcat is not only one of the quickest production cars in existence, but one of the safest as well.
For more information on the safety features of the 2018 Charger Hellcat, please visit Dodge.com.
2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Overall
Very few cars out there combine power, performance and value in the same way as the 2018 Charger Hellcat. Part family car, part full-on performance machine and part fountain of youth, the Hellcat engine has the power to make everyone, regardless of age, laugh and giggle like a school kid. In fact, it may just be the ultimate American made toy for those of us who want to stay young forever.
*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.
**Vehicle MSRP of $74,670.00, excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.