At the moment, the greater Chrysler corporation is doing great with all that success on the market.
…and, of course, our very own favorite Dodge.
The company can brag about how their sales doubled in the past two years.
This is reflected in the automaker’s scores, which are increasing every 30 days for the past 50 months.
This is also happening with its market share.
After they seriously bottomed out in 2009 at 8.95 percent they stand at 12.52 percent in 2014.
This said the corporation can be proud of the numbers because they’re up for nearly a full percent from the nearly satisfying 11.56 percent market share which was the average for 2013.
And here is their market cap for the last years:
They can definitely be proud!
What’s interesting is that for Chrysler this is practically the biggest jump in their market share since the beginning of the Great Recession.
This success story is widely attributed to Sergio Marchionne and his control and increased alignment between Chrysler and Fiat over the past 5 years.
There were two ways that this merger could affect the corporation…
…one being failure the automakers got nothing to lose and had luck with their recent change in the name now known as the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles.
Well, we can talk all we want about FCA’s success but we can’t go on without mentioning a modern product that can correlate with the higher sales numbers.
The first sign of confident optimism and a move forward within the Chrysler corporation is the actual revival of the V10-powered, 640 horsepower SRT Viper in 2012.
While the Viper represents Chrysler’s rise in the modern-day muscle car war, they know that they have to bring out the even bigger guns.
And boy they have some arsenal in the garage.
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one hell of a weapon.
Let’s review the Hellcat’s top 10 amazing facts to fully appreciate what the spoils of success have allowed Dodge to unleash on the American car-buying public.
1. First off, it must be noted that the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful American production car, ever…
The 707 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 burns through 1.5 gallons of gas per minute at peak performance like a hot knife through butter.
With the all-new 8-speed transmission that comes standard in every 2015 Challenger, the SRT Hellcat is expected to get approximately 20 mpg…
…if you aren’t accessing the supercharger boost on a regular basis.
2. You would be amazed what you get for a starting price of $60,990 destination charge included.
This is a fair bargain for a muscle, we all agree on this, what’s interesting is that one horsepower of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat actually cost around $86.27 dollars.
And for comparison we have the Lamborghini Aventador LP 720-4 Anniversary Edition.
If you want even more horsepower, 720 to be exact, and don’t mind spending a hundred grand more or $400,000 you will actually be paying $563 per horsepower.
But then again the powerful Ferrari F12 Berlinetta might just be a better deal.
The Italian automaker offers a whopping 731 horsepower for a starting price of just $318,000 which sums it to around $435 per horsepower.
But no car goes as low as the Hellcat…
We don’t mess around with speculations…
…just on hard facts.
3. So we’re not joking when we say that the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) certified the SRT Hellcat at 11.2 seconds in the 1/4 mile.
The car did this while rolling on its factory tires 275/40ZR20 Pirelli P Zero.
While on drag tires the car made 10.8 seconds in 1/4 mile.
The launch control system is here to control that roaring 707 horsepower engine.
4. The Hellcat is the first Dodge to feature two keys one red and one black.
The red key respectfully unleashes the whole 707 horsepowers and with that unlocking all of the Hellcat’s performance settings for traction control, steering, and suspension.
The black key on the other hand limits peak power to a mere 500 horsepower and with that it keeps the rpm of the engine just below 4000 and the transmission out of first gear.
You guessed right, this key has the sole role to keep those hungry valets from trashing your car while you are dining out.
But then again if you think about it even 500 horsepower and second gear is enough for anybody to enjoy what the Hellcat has to offer.
5. Of course, you can find a faster and better ranking car than our beloved Dodge Challenger Hellcat SRT which tops speed at 199 mph.
Everything comes at a price and if you want something other than the SRT you have to substantially pay higher prices.
6. The supercharger on the Hellcat’s 6.2-liter V8 engine makes 11.6 psi of boost, while the forged-steel crankshaft and high-strength connecting rods are engineered to withstand 1,595 psi…
…or the equivalent of nearly 20,000 pounds, pressing on the piston tops every two crank rotations.
7. With that amount of horsepower (707), the Challenger makes a lot of heat which gets build-up and can wreak havoc to the whole car.
That’s why the design team from Dodge managed to incorporate multiple cooling ducts into the Hellcat’s front.
8. The interior is well sought-after design that’s almost instantly recognizable when we talk about the highly customizable Hellcat.
But the Hellcat’s interior as well offers unique visual cues like the red background lighting in the gauge cluster which actually distinguishes it from other regular Challengers.
In the center of the dashboard is the 8.4-inch display which features the new (2015) feature called “SRT Performance Pages”.
Here you can see everything in detail from performance data to specific engine information like lap times and braking distances, quarter-mile times and zero-to-60 stats as well.
The interesting part is that a lot of these features can be accessed via voice control and configured to appear in real time in the Challenger’s digital display screen between the primary gauges.
9. But that’s not all, you can actually configure almost everything from steering feedback to suspension tuning.
Traction control and transmission can also be configured through the upgraded interior interface.
If you are not in the mood for adjusting your SRT or just don’t know that much buttons to push…
…you can enjoy two pre-programmed modes one being “Sport” and the other one “Track”.
It sets everything to a pre-determined level, but still there’s the “Custom” mode which you can adjust all of your desired parameters to your preference.
Also, you can put the Hellcat in the so “Valet” mode, via a secret four-digit code.
10. After all, if you are not willing to spend a hefty $60,000 for a massive 707 horsepower muscle car you can still get a basic V6-powered 2015 Dodge Challenger SXT that starts at around $27,990, and more…
With this you get 305 horsepower, a zero-to-60 time of 6 seconds and up to 30 mpg.
In between the SXT and SRT Hellcat you can opt out from a 375 horsepower, V8-powered Challenger R/T that goes for around $31,495 or even a mightier Scat Pack R/T with 485 horsepower for $38,495.
Then there’s also the Challenger SRT 392 that also has 485 horsepower, and with that come a few improvements like the enhanced seats, brakes and wheels as well as the aforementioned “SRT Performance Pages” control interface for $45,995.
To top off this list we can add that there are also 11 exterior colors variants, and 7 interior colors as well all of them accompanied with a wide range of equipment you can get no matter which version of this hellish car you choose.
In a marketplace where a corporation is rising up to the momentum and with that the new SRT Hellcat also gives additional bragging rights to an already increasing market…
…the SRT Hellcat definitively confirms that it brings a high level of confidence and capability to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles corporation.