Watch: Dodge Challenger Hellcat escapes the cops at 130mph
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat was until recently the most powerful version of the Challenger with an impressive 717hp coming from the front mounted 6.2-litre HEMI V8. This allows it to complete a standing quarter mile in 11.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 199mph.
In a world where roads are monitored 24/7 by patrolling police officers and speed cameras and are chock-a-block with traffic, having so much power under your right foot may seem pointless. In fact, unless it visits a drag strip or completes the pilgrimage to the Bonneville salt flats, the Hellcat will never use more than half its potential. Right?
Well, it turns out the Hellcat does have one real world use, escaping the police. Back in October of 2017, a white Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was chased by police while considerably exceeding the speed limit on the highway near Houston, Texas.
Behind the wheel was 25-year-old, Mohmed Ahmed Abu-Shlieba who had allegedly stolen the performance muscle car.
Whilst being filmed by ABC’s helicopter, the car reached speeds of around 130mph allowing Abu-Shlieba to pretty much escape the police forces and even the helicopters. However, he was soon brought back into the sights of the police.
After about an hour on the run, the driver dumped the car in a tree-covered area deciding to continue on-foot. The young man was soon caught by an officer and arrested for evading police. He was sentenced earlier this year to three years in prison.
The moral of the story is that the Challenger Hellcat really is faster than most cars on the roads. In fact, the assailant was only caught once he set off on foot.