July 23, 2014

Dodge unleashes most powerful muscle car ever - 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT

The newly consolidated Dodge and SRT brands are launching out of the gate at full throttle - introducing the new 707 horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine and its stablemate, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT - just a few months after taking the wraps-off
the new Dodge Challenger 392  Hemi Scat Pack Shaker at the New York International Auto Show.

Driven by the five SRT performance hallmarks, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and Challenger SRT with the Hemi Hellcat engine are re-designed and totally re-engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupes on the market with performance-enhancing technologies inside and out. With 707 horsepower, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat features the most powerful V-8 engine ever produced by Chrysler Group - the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8.

"The new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful muscle car ever," said Tim Kuniskis, President & CEO, Dodge Brand and SRT Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "With 707 horsepower and 650 ft. lb. of torque, we have unleashed a true GT car with an all-new driver-focused interior, the TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission and the first supercharged Hemi engine Chrysler has ever produced. The Challenger Hellcat has been released!"

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT coupes will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant. Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014.

Whether its on-road or on-track, Challenger SRT owners can personalize their drive experience via the all-new Drive Modes feature. Drive Modes tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering (Challenger SRT only), paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), traction and suspension. Drive Modes are pre-configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while the Custom setting lets the driver customize the drive experience to their favorite settings.
> Custom - Allows the driver to personalize the vehicle's performance
> Sport - Delivers increased vehicle performance capability over the Default Mode
> Track - Delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces
> Default - Activates automatically when starting the vehicle
> The Drive Mode feature is controlled through the Uconnect system and may be accessed by performing any of the following - pushing the SRT button on the instrument panel switch bank, selecting Drive Modes from the SRT & Apps menu and selecting Drive Modes from within the Performance Pages menu.

For the first time in Chrysler Group history, the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine comes standard with two key fobs - red and black. The red key fob is the only key that can unlock the full horsepower and torque potential of the Challenger SRT Hellcat engine; while the black key fob limits the driver to a reduced engine output.

Helping to fill the wheel wells on the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 model are new, standard, SRT-exclusive 'Slingshot' split-seven spoke 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight forged-aluminum wheels with a Hyper Black finish. The Challenger SRT with the Hemi Hellcat engine rides on the same 'Slingshot' wheels with a standard Matte Black finish or the optional Brass Monkey/dark bronze finish.

Two new 275/40ZR20 Pirelli P Zero tires provide performance for all seasons. Both Pirelli P Zero Nero and P Zero tires are Y-Plus rated to handle extreme speeds of the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Standard on both Challenger SRT models with is the largest front-brake package ever offered in an SRT vehicle, featuring all-new 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers for outstanding heat management/thermal capacity and longevity.

New anti-lock braking system (ABS), ESC and traction control systems are uniquely tuned and configurable for specific tire and powertrain configurations.

Dodge and SRT designers and engineers spent 35 per cent more time in the Chrysler Group's full-scale wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Michigan, (compared with the previous-generation Dodge Challenger SRT) developing and further refining the aggressive and functional exteriors on the Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT Hellcat. The result is a re-engineered Challenger capable of maximum aerodynamic performance for spirited driving on the road or the race track.

At the front, new fascia designs and all-new vertical-split grille provide a menacing update of its 1971 inspiration. A larger, power-bulge aluminum hood features a dedicated cold-air intake - a visual styling cue from the first Viper coupe built in 1996.
 
The hood on the new Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine also includes dual air extractors to ensure effective removal of heat and reduced air turbulence in the engine compartment. The hood is standard in body color and is available in a Satin Black finish. Both models of the Challenger SRT feature all-aluminum hoods designed to reduce weight.

Another key design element on the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the exclusive Air Catcher inlet port, which feeds ram-air directly into the engine air box through the driver-side parking lamp.

All-new quad projector headlamps give a more detailed appearance, while a more aggressive brow 'chops' the upper portion of the lamp design for an even more sinister attitude.

Integrated projector fog lamps on the Challenger SRT 392 are pushed to the lower corners to help accentuate the car's width while illuminating the road. A new duck-bill fascia splitter helps improve the vehicle's aerodynamics.

The Dodge Challenger SRT with the Hemi Hellcat engine features a larger front splitter designed for optimal downforce to minimize lift.

From the side, the signature muscular proportions and large thruster rear-quarter panels stand out from the crowd, while fender and belt lines tie together at the front and rear of the car to create a sleeker appearance. Differentiating the Challenger SRT Hellcat from the rest of the Challenger lineup are its 'Supercharged' fender badges. Black sills accentuate the proportions of the muscle coupe and have been tuned in the wind tunnel to improve aerodynamics.

Around the back, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT recalls the historic 1971 model's styling with a new split tail-lamp design and rear fascia. The tail lamps feature the new signature LED graphic with its smooth glow of light that can be seen from blocks away. A redesigned rear valance helps the 2015 Challenger SRT models look more planted on the ground. A unique, taller rear spoiler on the SRT Hellcat features a raised SRT logo.

Inside the 2015 Dodge Challenger is an all-new enthusiast-centric cockpit with world-class materials, execution and technology. Key elements are inspired by the interior of the 1971 Challenger.

The performance cockpit of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT carries an essence of the 1971 Challenger, in an artistic and more organically styled way.

The all-new cleanly executed instrument panel features a stamped aluminum bezel, which sets the tone for the driver's display. For a high-tech look, an innovative 7-inch driver-selectable driver information display (DID) screen is centered in the gauge cluster and provides an almost infinitely customizable display. The all-new DID screen is flanked by new analog speedometer and tachometer gauges, which provide a heritage-inspired look with concave shapes and a hub-covered needle design, reminiscent of the 'tic-toc-tach' gauges from the 1971 Challenger. For the Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine, the fixed gauges and digital graphics are finished in a Dark Radar Red tone to make it even more unique.

Additionally, the dashboard's center stack neatly houses the new standard 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. New for 2015 drivers can select one of the many offered backgrounds to connect the digital look and feel with their chosen interior package.

For those who opt for the segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission, an all-new and class-exclusive electronic shifter with an all-new driver-oriented T-handle provides the driver with intuitive gear selection and offers an Auto Stick selector gate for added control. For those who prefer having a third pedal, the precise and track-proven Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission is fitted with a throwback ball shifter.

A redesigned SRT-branded heated steering wheel features a flat bottom for the high-performance driver. Available paddle shifters (with automatic transmission) are located on the back of the upper spokes. The buttons to control the driver-configurable full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) display are large and illuminated. Buttons for Uconnect and phone access now reside along the bottom edge of the horizontal spokes. Optional adaptive cruise control is configured by buttons that are symmetrically opposite on the right hand side of the wheel. As before, the highly praised audio controls are still found on the back of the upper spokes. This new tilt-telescoping steering wheel also has a 360-degree heat element.
 
To make cruises more pleasurable, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT features redesigned seats with improved cushioning and more comfortable contours. For improved comfort and convenience, new for 2015 are standard heated and ventilated front seats. The passenger seat also has an easy exit/entry function to provide access to the rear seat - this is controlled by a release handle on the top shoulder of the seat.

Challenger SRT offers performance seats with large side bolsters for maximum lateral support in hard cornering. The seats can be covered in Nappa leather/Alcantara material with embroidered SRT logos. Laguna premium leather, colored either sepia or black with embossed SRT logos, is available as part of an equipment package.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and SRT with the Hemi Hellcat will be available in 11 exterior colors - B5 blue pearl coat, billet silver metallic clear coat, bright white clear coat, granite crystal metallic pearl coat, ivory white tri-coat pearl, jazz blue pearl coat, phantom black tri-coat pearl, pitch black clear coat, redline tri-coat pearl, sublime metallic pearl coat and tor-red clear coat.

Twin, full-body stripes are available in black satin gloss and silver high gloss on the SRT 392.


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