WR Long-Term Garage: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

It’s been a while since we’ve had a long term test at the Winding Road offices, so we thought we’d reintroduce the idea with something a bit special. No doubt you’ve read our review of the Hellcat coupe from our stint behind the wheel in Portland last summer and our notes from wet track driving from earlier this year, but now we’ll have the opportunity to see what the 707 horsepower muscle coupe is like to live with year-round. Well – almost year round. We have this red bruiser in our garage for six months, so come December the folks from Dodge are under the impression that they’ll be getting this car back. We’ll see about that.

By Bradley Iger | July 13, 2015
A Day at the Track in a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

When we went to Portland last July to get some seat time in the Challenger Hellcat, one of the biggest surprises we took from the event was the car’s relatively well-mannered behavior on Portland International Raceway’s road course. It is without a doubt a big car – a grand touring vehicle by nature – but it was clear that engineers at Dodge had spent some time dialing out some of the persistent understeer that had become a hallmark of Challenger handling in models past, resulting in a much more neutral balance and a car that was much easier to corral around a race track than its reputation would suggest.

By Bradley Iger | January 23, 2015
Driven: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

It’s no secret that Dodge’s new 707 horsepower Hellcat power plant has caused quite a stir among performance car enthusiasts. When we headed to Portland earlier this year to drive the Hellcat-flavor Dodge Challenger, we came away with a lot of reasons to be excited. Considering that the Charger and Challenger share a nearly identical platform aside from the coupe’s shorter wheelbase, it comes as little surprise that the driving experience between the two is fairly similar. Still, with four doors, the Charger serves a different purpose in Dodge’s lineup, and the automaker has made a concerted effort to give the Charger its own unique characteristics that complement its sedan configuration and the role it will play for potential buyers. To get a better understanding of exactly what that entails, we headed to Washington D.C. and nearby Summit Point Motorsports Park in West Virginia to see for ourselves.

By Bradley Iger | October 28, 2014
WR TV: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat – POV Canyon Drive

Some days at work are better than others. Yearning for more seat time after our stint with the 707hp muscle car in Portland back in July, we happily accepted the red key at an event held where Kanan Road meets Mulholland Highway in the lovely Malibu hills and headed out to the twisting stretches of picturesque road in this supercharged bruiser – here equipped with the Viper-derived six-speed manual transmission – with the Pacific Ocean as our backdrop. Some days, indeed.

By Bradley Iger | October 02, 2014
Update: 2015 Dodge Viper SRT Gets Power Bump, New Trim Level, TA 2.0

While the Hellcat variants of the new Dodge Challenger and Charger might be hogging all the Pentastar headlines these days, the Viper still reigns supreme when it comes to sporting prowess and serves as the company’s halo supercar. But with the big snake’s thunder being muted by the Hellcat, as well as some very serious competition on its way with the forthcoming Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Viper engineers saw fit to make a few tweaks for the 2015 model year.

By Bradley Iger | September 02, 2014
WR TV: 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT

While the 8-speed ZF sourced gearbox that made its recent debut in the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat was big news, we actually got a preview of how this gearbox might behave when hooked to a Mopar motor by way of this Grand Cherokee, which was the first of the Hemi-powered Chrysler vehicles to benefit from the new gearbox.

By Winding Road Staff | August 25, 2014
Preview: 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

Recently we heard rumors about a Hellcat flavored Charger making its debut soon, and today Chrysler made its existence official. Normally we’d spare you the superlatives, but this new four door Dodge boasts some particularly notable ones, as it is officially the quickest accelerating, fastest, and most powerful sedan in the world.

By Bradley Iger | August 13, 2014
WR TV: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 Track Test

While the 707hp Hellcat has been grabbing all the headlines as of late, it’s not the only SRT-flavored Challenger that Dodge has on offer now. The 6.4-liter V8 from last year’s Challenger SRT model comes back for the 2015 refresh as well, now packing 485 horsepower and an optional 8-speed TorqueFlight automatic transmission, a combination which is good for a 0-60 sprint of 4.2 seconds.

By Bradley Iger | July 28, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Sounds Pretty Serious

Earlier this week at the Midwest Automotive Media Association Rally in Wisconsin, a few members of the media got a chance to hear what the new supercharged, top-spec Challenger model will sound like. In their press release, Dodge alluded to the Hellcat breathing through an active exhaust system, one in which valves can open or close based upon throttle position and user settings, allowing exhaust to essentially change volume and tone based upon the driving situation.

By Winding Road Staff | May 23, 2014
Driven: 2014 Chrysler 300 SRT

Nearly a decade after the car first made waves when it was reintroduced for the 2005 model year, the 300 – and Chrysler’s LX platform as a whole – have earned their fair share of both praise and criticism. Due for a major refresh for 2015, we spent a week with the current car to see what works, what doesn’t, and what we’d like to see updated when the new 300 makes its debut later this year.

By Bradley Iger | April 03, 2014
Overview: 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

This is the overview page for the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Rumors, news, reviews, road tests, specifications, videos, awards, and other relevant information will all be included here as they become available.

By Winding Road Staff | January 01, 2014
Update: Autoblog Drives the SRT Viper TA

Autoblog editor and Winding Road alum Seyth Miersma recently got some seat time behind the wheel of the SRT Viper TA, Chrysler’s most potent road-going track weapon to date. When phrases like “world class” and “close-to-sex” litter a review, it’s safe to assume that this is a very good car indeed.

By Bradley Iger | November 18, 2013
Preview: SRT Viper TA

There are a rare few people out there that like things more extreme. The people that order their Thai food extra spicy, or that prefer 100-proof liquor over the “limp-wristed” stuff, or when it comes to cars, find a standard SRT Viper is just too docile.

By Bradley Iger | November 11, 2013
First Look: 2013 SRT Viper GTS Launch Edition

The end of production on the second-generation Dodge Viper a few years ago was a sad thing. Its intoxicating blend of old school muscle car brutality and sinister looks made it an American sports car icon. And as big a deal as the demise of the last Viper was, the birth of the new SRT Viper is even more so, especially when SRT (remember, it’s not a Dodge any more) crafts them like this. In honor of the new-for-2013 Viper, SRT is releasing this, the Viper GTS Launch Edition.

By Doran Dal Pra | August 21, 2012
First Look: 2013 SRT Viper

The 2013 SRT Viper has arrived.

By Brandon Turkus | April 04, 2012
First Look: 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8

Well-heeled hooligans, your car has arrived. This is the 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8. It shares the same 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 found in the Dodge Charger SRT8 and the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. It goes fast.

By Brandon Turkus | April 20, 2011
List: Ten Used Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep SRT Values

We took a look around, and put together this list of used vehicles in the Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep SRT family, and what one can expect to pay for them. There’s no need to break the bank for a car that’s going to depreciate, when you could buy one slightly used for much, much less.

By Corey Rueth | April 13, 2010


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