Everybody including us just drooled when Dodge and Hellcat announced their 707-horsepower 2015 Challenger Hellcat SRT.
This mighty machine was dubbed a fierce monster and that the driver needs more than brakes to tame this beast.
It turns out that people were right, just an hour after it was purchased a 34 year old Dodge fanboy slammed the hell out of his new Hellcat.
According to Colorado State Patrol, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was being driven by a 34-year-old man with two passengers accompanying him.
At around 8:00 pm, the driver “lost control to the right, then over-corrected and lost control to the left, and struck a tree head on.”
Thankfully no one of the three passengers in the Challenger was hurt, apart from the brand new Sublime Green Challenger Hellcat, with an emphasis on “brand new.” Local media reports that this now pulverised Challenger left the dealer just an hour before it smashed on the highway. Well to be honest if you don’t get a grip of the steering wheel and think of your 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat as an actual muscle car with a 6.2-liter, eight-cylinder supercharged HEMI engine that powers the Challenger you are in for a bad time as noted. A staggering 707 horsepower along with 645 pound-feet of torque is not something to take for granted.
In the case of this Hellcat, the police report states that drugs or alcohol weren’t factors in the crash, nor was excessive speeding, but those of us who’ve been around the block (sideways, in a drift) can tell you it doesn’t take a whole lot for a car of this size, weight, and power output to get squirrelly, particularly if the driver’s horsing around. The driver did land a careless driving charge, after all.
Despite the apparent bad publicity, Dodge has all the damn right to be proud of its brand new 2015 Challenger series. It truly is a magnificent car. Still everything we see new is actually under the hood and on the interior. Still, there’s something worth pointing out regarding the car and it has to do with its safety ratings, as judged by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
We need to set things straight right when it comes to safety and the 2015 Challenger Hellcat SRT is a five-star-rated vehicle in terms of overall crash safety. It’s one of the highest scoring vehicles in its segment. Now, that said, it has surprisingly fallen down a few notches when compared to the last version to hit the crash test facility.
The 2015 Challenger Hellcat SRT received four stars in the rollover and frontal impact testing. Previous model years had a five-star rating. Also the 2015 Charger managed to win five stars in the rollover test, which is due to the fact that the center of gravity is lower in the sedan compared to the coupe. All the electronics and computer enhanced parts on the dashboard and behind it still make the Challenger a fine car, and eventually it all comes down to the responsibility of the driver and his actions when driving a monster like this.