Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Is Almost Ready for Production

A few days ago, a particular SAE J1349 certification filing set the automotive world on fire. Standard CPCG1_15CHSRT hints that the 6.2-liter blown V8 from the mad 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will also be propelling the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Other than the 707 horses and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm), what else can we expect from the new Charger?
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat 8 photos
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From what we can see in the spy photos provided by our talented team of carparazzi, we can tell that there's a great hood scoop under the black cladding. The prototype car is also fitted with the SRT Hellcat exclusive "Slingshot" split-seven spoke 20 x 9.5-inch lightweight forged-aluminum wheels, sporting a matte black finish and Pirelli P Zero P275/40ZR20 three-season performance rubber.

Another similarity is represented by the Brembo six-piston front brake calipers. The 15.4-inch two-piece slotted and vented discs are also on the menu, while the circular exhaust pipes are slightly different in design compared to the trapezoidal exits of the Challenger Hellcat. Don't get fooled by the front camo, thinking that this car has the 2014 model year headlights. If you zoom in a little bit, you can clearly see that the front of the Charger Hellcat is inspired by the Dart.

We also identified a satin black radiator grille with honeycomb inserts, C-shaped LED running lights and LEDs at the rear as well, but unlike the standard 2015 Dodge Charger, the Hellcat test vehicle doesn't feature the Dart-inspired crosshair grille, but it's fitted with a much more aggressive front bumper and a more fat bottom. Other tell-tale signs that this bad boy is a pre-production mule of the most powerful sedan in the world is the trunk lid spoiler and the smoky finish of the tail lights.

There's no word when the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat will make its official debut, but we presume that we'll have to wait a few more months until the camo comes off completely. By the way, Dodge, strips of black tape covering the SRT wheel centers won't fool anybody. That being said, the first units are expected to hit U.S. showrooms in the first months of 2015, sporting a starting MSRP a little over $60,000, which is similar money to a 425 horsepower BMW M3 performance sedan.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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