Hold your horses? That’s not the Dodge way – they’ve unleashed ‘600-plus’ horsepower in the shape of the supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat, the most powerful V8 Chrysler has ever produced. This handsome, traditionally-shaped American muscle car looks almost refined, with its leather interior, ventilated seats and heated steering wheel, but it’s really a dangerous freak in nice duds.
The engine growls like an angry pit bull with a megaphone. The huge donk needs so much air to feed on that one of the driver’s side headlights has been replaced with an air intake. It sounds defective, but it looks heroic, like the one-eyed mercenary Snake Plissken in Escape from New York. The car is so intimidating that you get two keys – a black one that keeps the Hellcat sedated for everyday driving, and a red key that, like the nuclear codes, gives you executive power to unleash all hell with the power and torque.
There’s a 6-speed manual version, but the auto is no Mickey-Mouse dodgem car, either – it has eight, smoothly-grabbing gears and adjustable drive modes to stretch the gears to adjust suspension or shift the transmission harder. All up, the Hellcat offers more than 125 potential configurations – it’s your beast, so train it how you wish.