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Challenger at 199 mph?

by David Zatz on

According to reliable source redriderbob, the supercharged Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is capable of 199 mph — limited by aerodynamic drag, despite its 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. For the moment, that sets the car behind the (425-horsepower) 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, which was tested to over 200 mph, but the difference is unlikely to matter much.

Challenger SRT Hellcat may be the first car in many years whose performance is nearly perfectly matched to its speedometer.

The supercharged Challenger will, according to early reports, be able to exceed the NHRA-certified quarter mile times of 11.2 seconds on street tires and 10.8 on drag-racing radials, with relatively minor modifications. As it stands, the car has to meet Chrysler’s reliability and durability standards; those who put performance first have altered the balance between performance and durability in the past.


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