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When Dodge built the 707-horsepower supercharged Hellcat V8 and put it in its 2015 Challenger and Charger models, it created the most powerful factory-produced muscle cars the enthusiast community had ever seen. But those weren't one-off concepts or SEMA specials. They were the beginning of a family of Hellcat models with hardware and features designed to make the most out of that staggering power. Those include Launch Control to keep wheel spin to a minimum at the start of a blast down the drag strip, Line Lock to expose fresh rubber on the rear tires, and Torque Reserve to prime the supercharger for take-off.

Now the Hellcat family spans three automakers and 10 vehicles in a variety of body styles. These are the 2021 Hellcat-powered coupes, sedans, SUVs, and pickups you can find in AutoNation dealerships.


Challenger SRT Hellcat

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One of the monsters that started it all is now just the entry-level (what an understatement!) Challenger Hellcat, which means its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 produces "only" 717 horsepower and 656 lb-ft of torque. That's still enough to turn heads, whether you're starting it up or letting all of those horses run wild down a back road.

Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody

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When you're trying to unload the kind of firepower the Hellcat engine shoots out, the more rubber you have touching the ground, the better. The Widebody treatment adds bold fender flares that broaden the Challenger Hellcat by 3.5 inches and fills the wheel wells with a set of 20s wrapped in 305/35ZR20 Pirelli rubber.

Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye

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There are two basic paths to making a powerful car even better: subtract weight or add power. Dodge stayed true to the Hellcat's nature and added power. They incorporated several performance upgrades, including a larger 2.7-liter supercharger, more boost (14.5 psi), and an air box that draws in more air from multiple sources. Those mods add up to a face-flattening 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. Flat out, the Challenger Redeye can tear through the quarter mile in 11.1 seconds at a trap speed of 131 mph.

Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

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This best-of-both-worlds machine is not just a member of the 700-horsepower club, it's also a member of the 200-mph club because it tops out at 203.

Challenger SRT Super Stock

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Consider this the spiritual successor to the 2018 Demon, a street-legal drag racer with up to 840 horsepower (when running on 100 octane) and the ability to pop a wheelie before flashing through the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. Like its sinister ancestor, the Super Stock can be driven on public roads, but its most natural environment is the drag strip. Dodge bumped its output up to 807 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. The Super Stock puts that to the pavement through 315/40R18 Nitto Nt05R drag radials at all four corners and a 3.09:1 rear axle ratio. With the perfect launch, the Super Stock can rampage its way to 60 mph in just 3.25 seconds and finish the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds with its speedo needle showing 131 mph.

Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody

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Dodge keeps things simple with its most powerful muscle sedans. If you opt for either version of the Hellcat engine, you automatically get the Widebody package and its performance front fascia, distinctive "mail slot" front air inlet, and, of course, pronounced fender flares. Behind the Charger Hellcat's muscular body work, 20-inch wheels, and 305/35ZR20 tires is a competition suspension designed to handle the Hellcat's 717 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque on a track…or an empty canyon road.

Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

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Family road trips will never be the same in this monster. With 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque under its vented hood, the Charger Hellcat Redeye only needs 3.6 seconds to get up to 60 mph. If there's enough road ahead, it can reach a top speed of 203. I don't recommend doing that on public roads, but I will say that it's hard for someone to ask "Are we there yet?" if they're flattened against their seat.

Durango SRT Hellcat

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It took several years, but Dodge finally put a Hellcat in the Durango. Its all-wheel drive system with variable torque distribution, 710 horsepower, and 645 lb-ft enable it to haul three rows of people around town in record time and tow up to 8,700 pounds in what we're guessing is also an impressively short amount of time.


Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Jeep has plenty of SUVs that can conquer the outdoors. This one is meant to dominate the streets. Like the Durango Hellcat, the Trackhawk routes its Hellcat fury (707 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque) through all four of its 20-inch wheels. The Trackhawk's 15.75-inch slotted front brake rotors with six-piston Brembo calipers and 13.78-inch slotted rear rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers keep it from becoming an endangered species.


1500 TRX

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RAM went all in on its Ford Raptor fighter. The TRX (T-Rex is also perfectly acceptable, for obvious reasons) is eight inches wider than a regular 1500, rolls on 35-inch off-road tires, and has an advanced adaptive suspension that absorbs the impact of 55-mph jumps (ask us how we know). The 702 horsepower behind its air-devouring grille makes it ridiculously easy to get airborne in this 6,300-pound apex predator.

Looking for more performance vehicles? Check out our Classic Car and Performance Vehicle research sections, or head to your local AutoNation dealership to test drive one of these bad boys for yourself.

Derek Shiekhi | Apr 06, 2021

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What are the different Hellcat models in order? ›

The Dodge Challenger is available in six SRT Hellcat models: the standard Hellcat, Hellcat Widebody, Hellcat Redeye, Hellcat Redeye Widebody, SRT Super Stock, and Hellcat Redeye Widebody Jailbreak.

What is the real name of the Hellcat car? ›

The Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat offers the same incredible performance from the supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT V8 engine with 707 horsepower and 650 lb.

How much are Hellcats worth? ›

How Much Does a Hellcat Cost?
2023 Challenger SRT HellcatMSRP
Challenger SRT Hellcat Jailbreak$67,595
Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody Jailbreak$73,595
Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Jailbreak$76,200
Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye WB Jailbreak$82,200
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Which Hellcat is the fastest? ›

Zdung Ho's Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the quickest and fastest SRT Hellcat sedan in the world with a best time of 7.62. The second-quickest SRT Hellcat Charger is owned and driven by Lucus Kirkpatrick (8.20) and the third quickest is owned and driven by Alex Davis (8.28).

What does OSP stand for Hellcat? ›

Offering up to an amazing 13+1 rounds on tap, the Hellcat Micro-Compact OSP™ (Optical Sight Pistol) has its billet-machined rear slide deck cut to accept a micro red dot sight.

What animal is the Hellcat logo? ›

The logo itself is a large cat's head showing teeth, appearing hostile.

What's so special about a Hellcat? ›

Offered at an initial base price of $60,990, the SRT Hellcat Challenger gave regular guys and gals off-the-charts supercar performance, with 3.7 seconds 0-60 and quarter-mile timeslips of 11.7 seconds at 125 mph. Top speed was a sobering 199 mph.

Why is the Hellcat so famous? ›

The Hellcat — which retails for between $90,000 and $150,000 depending on options — is sought after primarily because of its vast power reserves. It produces as much as 717 horsepower in the Hellcat and 797 in the Hellcat Redeye, thanks to a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine.

Do Hellcats get stolen a lot? ›

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the most stolen car in the United States, according to a new report that found the US muscle car is 60 times more likely to be stolen than any other vehicle on the road.

What does SRT mean? ›

SRT stands for “Street and Racing Technology,” but the SRT meaning goes deeper than that. Dodge SRT automobiles are made with the highest quality Dodge parts designed for high-octane performance. You'll reach 0-60 in seconds in any one of our SRT vehicles.

What's the cheapest you can get a Hellcat for? ›

Prices for a used Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat currently range from $35,535 to $84,990, with vehicle mileage ranging from 6,142 to 106,587.

What car can outrun a Hellcat? ›

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Revealed As Electric Muscle Car That Can Outrun A Hellcat Redeye.

Is the redeye or jailbreak faster? ›

The 2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

The Jailbreak models have 10 hp more than the Redeye models and offer additional customization options to suit your style. Hellcats are very powerful RWD cars that need a skilled driver and the right conditions to achieve the blistering fast 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times.

What year has the fastest Hellcat? ›

Ruling the road with a top speed of 203 mph, the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT® Hellcat Redeye Widebody is the fastest mass-produced muscle car( Disclosure4).

How many versions of the Springfield Hellcat are there? ›

Here's a quick tour of the models and some suggestions for Springfield Hellcat accessories to make it even better. The Hellcat series has earned its share of respect in the concealed carry world, and to date, Springfield Armory offers three distinct models.

What's the difference between a Hellcat Pro and a regular Hellcat? ›

The Hellcat Pro's longer barrel also means a longer Picatinny rail. That means you can install bigger lights and other accessories on the pistol. The Hellcat Pro's taller grip holds up to four additional rounds (Although the extended grip of the standard Hellcat can hold up to 13 rounds).

What Hellcat is faster than a Demon? ›

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Demon are two of the most popular and highly sought-after muscle cars on the market today. The Challenger Demon is slightly faster and more powerful, with a top speed of 211 mph, compared to 202 for the Hellcat.

What are the Challenger Hellcat levels? ›

Choose from the following trim levels for the 2022 Dodge Challenger: SXT, GT, R/T, R/T Scat Pack, R/T Scat Pack Widebody, SRT Hellcat, SRT Hellcat Widebody, SRT Hellcat Redeye, SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, SRT Super Stock and Jailbreak.

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