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Watch the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat 204 mph top speed run

by Patrick Rall on

The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful sedan in the world, with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Even though it is a big, heavy 4-door sedan, its slippery form allows this beast to go over 200 miles per hour, with an official top speed of 204 miles per hour.

Some people have questioned the validity of this claim, so Dodge has rolled out a video explaining – and showing – the process behind getting an official top speed of 204 miles per hour.

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There is a certain process to obtaining a proper top speed figure, and this new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat video explains how that process works. In short, the team making the attempt needs to account for the effects of any wind – both positive and negative.

To do this, the top speed run is made on the same track in each direction so the Charger would make one with the wind helping the run and a second with the wind slowing the car down. This is the industry standard for top speed runs and this is the process required by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was taken onto a 7.5 oval test track early on a July morning when the temperature was around 60 degrees. This track has dual 2 mile straightaways and towards the end of each straightaway is a guy with a radar gun to record the top speed reached before slowing for the turn.

On the first run, the Hellcat Charger had a tail wind that was fluctuating between 8 and 14 miles per hour and the top speed in the straightaways was 206.9 miles per hour. On the second run, the 707hp Charger was “only” able to hit 202.2 miles per hour. When you average out those two numbers, you get an officially recognized top speed of 204.55 miles per hour – making the Hellcat Charger the fastest 4-door sedan in the world.

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Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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