This Dodge Challenger Hellcat has 910 horsepower
Thanks to Sporting Bears, I was able to hop in the passenger seat of a mental 910 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
Welcome to what is one of the most extreme examples of the Dodge Challenger Hellcat. 910 horsepower is its power output and relentless is its character.
This unique Hellcat was present at The Supercar Event last weekend and thanks to Sporting Bears, I was able to experience it - more on Sporting Bears later.
What is it?
The owner Mark is quite possibly one of the coolest people I’ve ever met purely because he bought a Dodge Hellcat and for some reason felt the need to give it even more power. The modifications include a programmable engine ECU, Fidanza Performance Flywheel, single piece aluminium propshaft and more.
It doesn’t really matter if you understand what that means, what matters is the impact these modifications have had on the car’s power output. Below is a dyno graph showing the enhanced capabilities of Mark’s Hellcat:
This test was conducted a few years ago. Since then, the car has been fitted with a custom one-off cat back exhaust by JL Innovations so in reality, Mark’s Hellcat is pumping out somewhere in the region of 910 horsepower from its 6.2-litre V8 engine. By comparison, the standard Hellcat produces 717 horsepower.
My experience in the passenger seat
To put it simply, it was rather unique. Being a 5-seater coupé, the Hellcat boasts all the features of a usable daily driver and you do feel quite comfortable when in the cockpit. But, as soon as your foot brushes against the accelerator, you feel this charging force pushing the car down the road; it feels like the world’s fastest freight train. Though it is available as an automatic, this tuned version is a proper manual. What’s unique about it when compared to other manual cars is even as you’re changing gear, the car doesn’t lose momentum, it just keeps on going.
Because it’s a muscle car, cornering isn’t its strong suit and with 910 horsepower going solely to the rear wheels, going in a straight line is also easier said than done. This is why - despite this Hellcat having more power - a standard Demon can still beat it in a drag race. However once you gain traction, you'll be able to outrun anyone who may dare challenge you to a drag race in the loudest possible manner - take a listen:
The deep growl of the 6.2-litre V8 tied together with the high-pitched whine of its supercharger makes for a truly epic - and deafening - oral experience.
Though the car has been heavily tampered with under the bonnet, it's completely standard in the cosmetics department - this is by no means a bad thing.
All Challengers have these great big proportions which are reminiscent of '70s muscle cars but the Hellcat has a few fine details separating it from other models. For instance, its got a huge singular hoodscoop - which is functional - along with Hellcat badges dotted across the body and interior.
No version of the Challenger is sold here in the UK so when designing the Hellcat, Dodge had to appeal to the US market as opposed to the UK market - this is why there's a supercharged 6.2-litre engine; something which wouldn't normally make sense here. Moreover, some aspects of its exterior design may please the Americans though they might be a bit too over the top for us style conscious Brits. With that being said, despite being surrounded by 6-figure supercars, the Hellcat managed to draw quite a large crowd.
The interior may not be of the highest quality however it’s still quite comfortable. There’s a responsive 8.4-inch display which is where you can access Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Hellcat also boasts a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system though you’ll need superpowers to hear your music over the growling V8 situated in front of you
Before last weekend, I had never experienced any form of Dodge so jumping in Mark’s 910 horsepower Hellcat is probably the best possible introduction to the American brand.
The car was everything I thought a muscle car should be and so much more. You can’t push it for too long without running out of fuel, you can’t take it inside a quiet neighbourhood, it isn’t particularly luxurious or financially wise to buy but I can tell you one thing: it is one of the most fun cars on the market today.
Sporting Bears is a UK-based charity dedicated to putting a smile on the faces of disadvantaged children. Currently, Sporting Bears has raised over £2,500,000 and now regularly raise over £200,000 per annum for charity. Last weekend alone, Sporting Bears managed to raise a combined total of over £40,000 at The Supercar Event and CarFest. I was kindly invited to The Supercar Event.
From an Aston Martin DBS Superleggera to a Mercedes-AMG A45, there was a wide range of cars at the event. Like with Sporting Bears’ other events, all present vehicles were available to book for passenger rides for cash, all of which goes to charity - the money does not even contribute to the fuel cost of all the cars.
You can view their list of upcoming events along with more information about what they do by clicking here.
I’ll be writing about two more cars in the next week. In the meantime, feel free to read my article on the Ultima Can Am.