December 1, 2017
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and SRT 392 Reviewed
These high-powered Dodge Challengers storm the market in a couple of zests: SRT hellcat and SRT 392. The stalwart SRT 392 comes enriched with the goodness of a 485-hp Hemi V-8, while the bad-ass SRT Hellcat boasts a 707-hp supercharged Hemi V-8. Both the beasts cater to the luxury of considerable brakes that make a deadly combo with the adaptive suspension. A standard 6-speed manual transmission comes standard to the cars in addition to the dexterous 8-speed automatic funnels that supply gigantic power to the rear wheels.
The engineers have deliberately designed the Hellcat to induce a distinct appearance by widening the fenders and tires. These power-packed challengers traverse an extra mile to cater to you an excellent comfort, thanks to the spacious cabin coupled with a plethora of standard features. No wonder the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro seems more artistic on a racetrack, the wicked Dodges bring about nostalgia and sets our inner delinquency free.
So, what do the 2018 SRT’s offer?
It is said that the SRT’s are couple of the most interesting additions to the 2018 Challenger lineup. The Hellcat takes sportiness to newer heights via wider 20-inch wheels and flared fenders. Furthermore, it receives electrically abetted power-steering system that bids an adieu to the hydraulic setup that was standard on the regular model.
Both the Hellcats get more notorious by receiving restyled grilles that are complimented well by the fender badges and newly designed and illuminated Air-Catcher headlights that showcase a Hellcat logo. To offer you an array of options, the Hellcats now incorporate a Matte Vapor wheel finish, Demonic Red Laguna seating, twin gunmetal stripes, and a brand new red-colored badge on the instrument panel. Every new 2018 Challenger comes loaded with the goodness of a backup camera.
The SRT 392, on the other hand, remains mostly unchanged. But it does give you the option to include/exclude the Brass Monkey 20-inch wheels.
Furthermore, the line-up introduces F8 Green and IndiGO Blue exterior colors.
Engine and Transmission
The crazy scientists at the Dodge’s SRT laboratory pulled up a great show to unleashing the mighty 707-hp Hellcat engine. The 6.4-liter V-8 (powering the SRT 392) and the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 (powering the SRT Hellcat) are mostly unchanged for 2018.
In fact, the new Hellcat Widebody could be availed with the same powertrain is its slimmer counterpart. Our track-testing with the 8-speed automatic demonstrated how fast this beast could be. Roaring from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, the Hellcat went past 50 to 70 mph in merely 2.2 seconds. There was no stopping for the Hellcat as it completed the quarter-mile journey in the identical fashion (11.7 seconds at 126 mph).
Performance and Driving
Even if there is stern competition from the arch rivals Chevy and Ford, the SRT Hellcat steals the show with its greater horsepower. No matter if these two SRTs lack an implausible track attack, but they are insanely quick and offer a great handling to hustle through the twisty back roads.
Even with the same powertrains as its predecessors, the Challenger SRTs make a deadly combination of power and insanity. Thanks to the 707-hp supercharged V-8 coupled with either a manual or automatic transmission—the cars offer great balance with the wider fitted wheels and tires. So, get set for some performance packed driving!
We’d rather take home the Hellcat with standard six-speed manual; as the eight-speed automatic adds an extra $2995. Among the limited options available on the shelf, we would suggest the high-performance summer tires ($695).
By sticking to the above configuration, an SRT Hellcat will cost you around $65,985. It not only satisfies the horsepower-maniac within you but also provides you with the ticket to burnout paradise. Although, the competitors Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 may cost less, the Hellcat is sure to take your inner-junky to newer heights.