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Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: Dodge rules new era muscle car

Sinister looks and raw power are unleashed with the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Dodge Charger leads the modern day muscle car era with the most powerful factory-built 4-door passenger car on the planet.

The five-passenger rear-drive 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat harnesses 707 horsepower generated from a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 Hellcat engine.

Charger Hellcat is shipped straight from the assembly line to the showroom floor and buying public for a base price of $62,295.

Buyers also pay $995 for freight and a $1700 gas-guzzler tax.

Indeed.

At full throttle, Charger Hellcat will empty its 18.5 gallon fuel tank in 13 minutes.

The engine supercharger can entirely deplete the air from an 11-foot by 12-foot room in just 60 seconds and requires 80 horsepower to fuel its air-gulping intake.

With a prudent throttle, fuel economy of 22 miles per gallon on the highway is achieved. City mileage yields an underwhelming 13 mpg.

Nearly all aspects of Dodge Charger’s exterior sheet metal have been redesigned. Only the roof and rear doors are carried over from the previous model.

Front end styling is changed dramatically with a taut pulled-back look.

A side scalloped profile leads to an updated version of Charger’s “racetrack” LED tail lamps that emphasizes its wide ground-hugging stance.

Inside, Dodge Charger Hellcat comes belted for five occupants with comfortable rear seat space for two adults or a pair of child car seats.

Brisk autumn mornings are tempered with dual zone climate control and standard heated power-tilt and telescopic steering wheel along with heated front and second row seats.

Driver and front passenger bucket seats provide a custom fit with 8-way power adjustment and 4-way power lumbar support.

A new instrument cluster with 7-inch re-configurable display fronts the driver as does a center stack with 8.4-inch Uconnect touch screen for navigation and audio control.

Integrated voice command and Bluetooth is standard.

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is a monster under power, but tame around town for the daily commute. Boulevard drive-ability is comfortable without exception.

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