Dec 13, 2016
Reviewed By Jim Pickering
Price as Tested $71,250: 707-hp 6.2L supercharged Hemi V8, TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, SRT-tuned Bilstein 3-mode competitive suspension with adaptive dampening, 2.62 rear end ratio, Brembo 6-piston brakes with ABS, all-speed traction control with 3-mode electronic stability control, GPS navigation, remote start, backup camera and rear park assist, blind spot monitoring, Laguna Lux leather seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated wheel, Harmon Kardon audio group with 19 speakers and subwoofer.
Likes

Solid chassis is all SRT – this car handles well for being a heavy 4-seater. Great brakes with no fade, quick-shifting transmission knows just when to downshift for seamless engine braking. Fantastic interior with a great feel throughout and what I still believe is the best Nav/stereo interface in the industry. Supercharged Hemi makes more power than anyone will ever really need. But overkill is what you’re buying here, right?

Dislikes

It’s not exactly quiet or subdued. Ever. I drove this thing all around Monterey car week — among LaFerraris, McLarens and Bugatti Veyrons — and everyone was taking pictures of me. Your mileage varies with your right foot. I saw 22 mpg on the highway, but I also had to fill it up twice in two days.

Verdict

My first experience in this car was at a ramp light on a freeway. Light went green and I goosed it. The Hellcat let out a shriek from the front and a wrap from the back as it drifted sideways on spinning 275-series P-Zeros. Instant power, big smiles. So this is 707 horsepower I thought. Sure felt like it.

Then I found that the car defaults to 500 hp and second-gear starts until you turn it up inside the SRT menu. So there were 207 more ponies and a lower first gear hiding in there, which when activated turned this thing into a traction-compromised evil purple missile that drew four-letter words from everyone who rode in it.

I think of the SRT Charger is the ultimate car guy family hauler. The Hellcat sits up on a pedestal somewhere higher, with its daily driver abilities coupled with a 200-mph-plus top speed and insane amounts of acceleration and tire smoke. You may not need a 707-horse boosted Hemi, but every self-respecting car guy wants one. I’m here to tell you that once you’ve tried it, you won’t want to give it back.

Fun to Drive
5.0 rating
Fun to Look at
5.0 rating
Overall Experience
5.0 rating
Stats
Horsepower 707
Top Speed 204
EPA Mileage 13/22

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