Short History of Dodge Charger
Dodge Charger is one of the most important nameplates in muscle car history. First generation Charger came out in 1966, and it was a show model. In 1968, second generation vehicle came out, and until 1977 when this car faced discontinuation as a victim of oil crises four different generation vehicles came out. Five years latter , fifth generation came out, as a sports hatchback coupe. It was produced for five years until another discontinuation in 1987. Four door sedan vehicle that we all think about when somebody mentions Charger came out after a long pause in 2006. In 2010, seventh generation vehicle came out and in the end of this year SRT Hellcat version. It was presented on the Woodward Dream Cruise and it is the most performance oriented version of this car.
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Overview
Chrysler likes to brag that this vehicle is the fastest on the market. That may or may not be true, but its V8 engine sure is one performance miracle. Few days ago Dodge announced the prices for this version, so continue reading, or jump straight to the Price section.
2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat comes with a lot of exterior updates comparing to the regular Charger. It received similar muscle boost as the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat model. Updates came in both front and rear part, together with the new hood design and new rear spoiler that increases this model’s raciness. It comes with a new grille design, with a honeycomb pattern and SRT badge, bumper also has some updates, such as new trapezoidal intake and no daytime running lamps from the regular model. Headlamps didn’t change much. New hood looks much more sporty, it is aluminum-made power-bulge piece with air intakes and extractors.
Rear part comes with a trunk-lid spoiler, four- inch exhaust tips and side-bumper inlets. New model also comes with larger wheels, 19 inch forged-aluminum lightweight wheels wrapped in Phirelli Zero P tires.
Some sportiness is added to the interior design as well. 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat comes with an original flat-bottom racy steering wheel, with 360 degree heat element and large metallic SRT badge. It also comes with new seats, that are more supportive than in regular models. Front seats are heated and ventilated, while the seats in the back come with heating only. Audio system is the coolest interior update, featuring 18 speaker Harmon Kardon.
As we noticed in the production of Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, making the most powerful car in the class is the prime goal of any Hellcat project. Same goes with Charger which with its 6,2 HEMI V8 is definitely the most powerful sedan on the market. Only Mercedes E63 AMG S can compete with this model when it comes to acceleration, but it is also a much more expensive vehicle. Other candidates like BMW M5 are at least half a second behind Charger’s staggering 3,7 seconds from 0-60 mph performance.
This model comes with TorqueFlite eight speed automatic transmission, unlike its Challenger cousin that received a six speed manual transmission as well. It also comes with five driving modes, with “Eco” mode that increases fuel efficiency and the highest consuming “Track”mode that pumps out all the potential out of its 6,2 liter HEMI. It comes with two key fobs, red and black, with red unlocking the full potential of 707 horsepower, while black one coming with 500 hp.
Accept Mercedes E63 AMG S and BMW M5 that we already mentioned, one other vehicle that can be compared with the new Hellcat is the Chevrolet SS. It comes with the same size engine as the Charger, but its power output is much smaller, somewhere around 400 hp. On the other hand it is much cheaper than its rival.
Detailed price list hasn’t been announced yet, so we can’t make some deeper analysis. The only thing we do know is that the base version of the new model is going to cost $63,995, together with a gas-gazzling tax of $1,700. This definitely is expensive, but remember we are talking about one of the most powerful sedans on the market.
Car Insurance Rates For 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Average rates for this model’s insurance are still impossible to find, since we are talking about new model whose price isn’t out yet. Another SRT model from the Charger line up is the SRT8 Super Bee, and we think that the Hellcat rates will be the closest to Super Bee’s $1,916 average. If you want to insure Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee in Texas you will need to pay $2,162, $2,165 in Cali and in Michigan which is the most expensive state when it comes to car insurance you will need to pay $3,219. Ohio is the cheapest state when it comes to car insurance and to insure this model there you will need to pay $1,167.
Most famous Dodge Charger seen on the big screen is the General Lee, 1969 model that can been seen in all episodes of the famous The Dukes Of Hazard series. It was driven by cousins Bo and Luke who used it for racing around their rural Hazard county. This model was also aired in some commercials, like the one for Autotrader, together with two main stars from the Dukes . Some of the celebrities that drive this car are: TV personality Brody Jenner, who also lets his girls jump on his R/T, which is a bit sacrilegious for the true Dodge fans, motor-racer Carey Hart, singer Pink drives Charger SRT-6, Tim McGraw who tried to sold his SRT-8, Brian Cherry, who played Coy Duke in The Dukes of Hazard drives a real 1969 model also named General Lee, like the one we’ve seen in the famous series. There is also American Football player Craig ”Buster” Davis who also plays as a wide receiver for San Diego Chargers, actor Jeremy Renner, Oksana Grigorieva whose famous as being Mel Gibbson’s ex wife and boxer Bernard Hopkins,
What Girls Think About Dodge Charger?
For the girl’s opinion we asked my friend who is a law student. She thinks this car looks really fast and furious, it also represents power, money and status. She also said it looks reasonably comfortable for a sports car.