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IOL mot pic jul3 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat 3 . The drag strip may well be the only place where you can legally use all the power.

Auburn Hills, Michigan - when Chrysler announced the first factory-supercharged Hemi engine, it was talking big numbers, such as 'in excess of 445kW'.

Now the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT is ready - and the SRT performance junkies have squeezed a mind-warping 520kW and 883Nm out of the force-fed 6.2-litre Hellcat V8, making it Dodge's most powerful V8 yet, in the most potent Challenger yet offered for sale to the public and, Chrysler claims, the most muscle-bound, standard-issue muscle car of them all.

It's also the first Chrysler product to come with two key fobs - a red one that unleashes the full-monty 520kW, and a black one that restricts the engine to 'only' 369kW.

TOP GUN

Chrysler's quintessential muscle car drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed TorqueFlite auto transmission, and has an all-new interior inspired, it says, by the classic 1971 Challenger.

The Hellcat is the Top Gun in a broad range of Challengers, from the SXT, with a 221kW V6 Pentastar V6 and eight-speed TorqueFlite, to the R/T with 5.7-litre Hemi power and a choice of either eight-speed TorqueFlite or six-speed manual transmission and the 6.4-litre Hemi Scat Pack with 357kW and 645Nm, also directed by either eight-speed TorqueFlite or six-speed manual gearing.

IOL mot pic jul3 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat 1 Dodge does not mention performance figures but you take take it as a given that rear tyres will not last very long.

Now all we need to do is to persuade those nice Canadians at the Brampton, Ontario assembly plant to start building them in right-hand drive, eh?



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