Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat goes on the prowl at MIAS
707-horsepower Challenger unleashed at the Chrysler stand
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Dodge will unleash one of its most powerful vehicles ever at the 2017 Manila International Auto Show. Coming up to the starting line at MIAS is the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. It’s rated as the quickest, fastest, and most powerful muscle car ever from the brand, with segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission. The transmission features a Sport mode and paddle-shift capability.
Challenger SRT Hellcat is powered by a supercharged HEMI V8 engine, pumping out 707 horsepower. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Hellcat bursts to 100kph in the 3-second range. The classic 1971-inspired design remains intact. Additional styling features include a split grille, pronounced power bulge hood, LED halo headlamps and LED taillamps.
Complementing the classic exterior is a state-of-the-art interior with class-exclusive 8.4-inch touchscreen media center with Uconnect system. A 7-inch driver information display is on board. Keyless Go with push-button start is also standard. Heated and ventilated performance seats are trimmed in available Nappa leather and Alcantara suede. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is race inspired, and is equipped with paddle shifters. Challenger SRT features selectable drive modes to adjust steering effort, engine, and transmission response.
The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) certifies the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s quarter mile time at 11.2 seconds on street tires. It maximizes its 881 Nm of torque on race slicks, clocking 10.8 seconds for the quarter mile. Hellcat carries launch control and three-mode electronic stability control. Top speed is 320kph.
Hauling all of that power to a halt is world-class stopping action courtesy of Brembo brakes. Standard on the 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT is the largest front-brake package ever offered in a Fiat-Chyrsler US vehicle, featuring all-new 390-mm (15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers for outstanding heat management and thermal capacity and longevity. They’re wrapped in 20-inch hyper black forged wheels or low-gloss black forged wheels, standard on the Challenger SRT Hellcat.
High-impact exterior colors include B5 Blue and TorRed, Bright White Clear Coat, Redline Red, Pitch Black Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Clear Coat, Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Ivory White Tri-coat and Maximum Steel Metallic. The Dodge Challenger point is accented by a variety of striping schemes, including standard bodyside stripes. The hues highlight the split grille and split taillamp styling cues, augmented by the LED headlamp halo surrounds with piano black trim.
The Hemi Hellcat engine is Dodge and SRT’s first application of V8 confirguation with supercharger, allowing for maximum performance in line with the nameplate’s storied legacy. This breakthrough supercharged engine features a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces. The result is a crank so well-engineered it can withstand firing pressures of 110 bar (1,595 psi) – the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. Its unique, specially turned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm.
High-strength, forge-alloy pistons – developed using advanced telemetry measurement – are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like- carbon-coated piston pins.
SRT Drive Modes tailor the driving experience to each individual drive. Whether its on-road or on-track, Dodge Challenger SRT owners can personalize their drive experience via the Drive Modes feature. Drive Modes tailor the driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters, 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.
Safety features include handsfree control of audio and phone interface systems, and navigation control. Active safety includes blind-spot monitoring, rear cross path detection and adaptive cruise control. Rain-sensing wipers and automatic high-beam control aid visibility.