The Dodge Charger Hellcat is ridiculously powerful. It’s a blunt instrument, it’s overkill, it’s using TNT at a knife-fight, it’s a honey badger with cheetah legs. We took this beastie to a dragstrip (Bandimere Speedway, AKA Thunder Mountain in Morrison, Colorado) and tested its outstanding power.
Sure, we know that it has skinny tires (considering its power) and that it weighs as much as a pickup truck. Still, what if we actually listened to the FCA reps who taught us how to launch it in the first place? Easing into the power, rather than slamming the right foot down. Mitigating wheel-spin is paramount for a good pass time, and doing that on cold-ish tires? It’s a beautiful thing.
In this video, you’ll see a few attempts at a clean 1/4 mile run. No, launch control was not used (it’s hard to synchronize it with the track’s Christmas tree), we didn’t shift in into 2nd gear – because its an 8-speed automatic transmission. We did set it to track-mode and used the “red” key which allows us to use all of the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat’s power.
It was intense.
|Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism – Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. His words, good humor and videos are enjoyed worldwide.|