Ray Ho – 11/12/17
This is no cute toy for your lady who is probably too old for stuff animals anyway. This is the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. And not just your run-of-the-mill Hellcat, my test car is the Widebody version complete with special paint, Widebody suspension and fender flares. It is equipped with the 6.2L supercharged Hemi V8 SRT engine mated to the TorqueFlite 8-Speed automatic transmission. With such a monster 707 HP engine, you probably figured the Hellcat is not gas efficient. With an EPA estimate of 13 mpg city /22 mpg highway and 16 mpg combined, it’s tested price of $76,180 therefore includes a $1,700 Gas Guzzler Tax. Is the GOP doing anything about this tax in their tax proposal? Wait, you probably don’t care since if you can afford this car, you will likely be getting big tax cuts anyway. Then again, don’t hold your breath on this one either.
To accommodate the widebody suspension and fender flares, this Hellcat ditched the standard 275/40ZR20 Pirelli all season tires on 20×9.5 inches rims and instead fitted itself with 305/35ZR20 PZeros on 20×11 inches (appropriately named “Devil’s”) rim. $595 for the Redline Tri-Coat exterior paint is an incredible bargain when you consider an ultra-custom paint job for the Porsche 911 Turbo S would set you back a whopping $97K. Yes, more than the Hellcat itself.
This kitty from Hell would make the Dodge Brothers proud. The engine power is ridiculous and could be habit forming. Even though it has features galore but who the hell cares, you can’t help but just want to smash on the gas pedal and listen to it’s glorious roar. I can easily get it over 130 mph on the Big Willow long straight. Even with such a high-power car, you don’t feel intimated on the race track as it handles remarkably well and the 6-Piston front Brembo brakes instill confidence. Though not overly loud insider the cockpit, it sounds awesome from the outside.
I didn’t get a chance to drive it on the street, but I would assume it is not very practical. If you are wondering why would anyone need such a beast of a car, then this car is definitely not for you. After all, this car is made for the diehard auto enthusiasts who are known to be not very practical and often times even seem irrational. Trust me, unless you are from Toyota, you don’t want to see us in Camrys. BTW, for the more insane people that never get enough power, don’t worry, there is always the race-ready 840 HP Dodge Demon.