I recently had a chance to be one of the first people in the world to drive the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat on the open road as I spent a few hours driving from Reagan Airport in Washington DC to Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia. During that drive, I had a chance to experience the world’s fastest and most powerful 4-door sedan on the open road, where all 707 horsepower made it incredibly fun to drive – although it would clearly be too much for the average driver. While it is a perfectly calm large sedan that could easily serve as a comfortable daily driver for a family of 4 (or maybe even 5 if the kids are small), it isnt hard to turn the 20 inch tires to smoke with just a little too much throttle input.
As you could imagine, driving a 707hp car on the open road means that you can outrun pretty much anything that you come across, even in the DC area that has more than its share of high end cars. The Hellcat Charger effortlessly climbs well up past any posted speed limit in America with little pressure from your right foot, but when you do put the hammer down – the 2015 Charger SRT Hellcat accelerates like few cars in the world. More importantly for road use, it is surprisingly calm when not being pushed to the limit and the suspension system offers a really comfortable ride (for a sport sedan) so while this is the most powerful and the fastest sedan in the world, it is also one that you can drive in any normal driving situation without any real concerns. Whether you are picking up the kids from school, taking Grandma to a doctor’s appointment or driving your coworkers to lunch – the Hellcat Charger will do all of that as well as any big sedan in America and it will do so while keeping everyone inside very comfortable. While there is an obvious sporty feel to the Charger, the SRT Hellcat interior is truly luxury level from the infotainment systems to the leather and suede seats, making the levels of comfort almost as impressive as the levels of performance. Almost.
After our long, entertaining drive through Washington DC, Virginia and West Virginia, we arrived at Summit Point Raceway, where we would get a chance to really put the 707hp Charger SRT Hellcat to the test int he safe confines of a closed circuit race course. With 707hp, a stock 11 second quarter mile time and 9-60 times that could dip under 3 seconds with a good, hard launch, the Charger is a beast in a straight line, but some people (who obviously havent driven the car) will insist that it cannot handle the turns. Those people are stupid, as the 707hp Charger Hellcat will handle the turns of a road course as well as any big sedan sold in the world. The monster braking system gets the car down from 140+ to speeds low enough to manage the tight turns and the adjustable suspension setup allows you to confidently blast through the turns.
Will it outrun a Chevrolet Corvette on a tight road course? Probably not…but this is a big, heavy sedan and comparing it to smaller, lighter sports cars isnt fair. However, it will go door to door with any sport sedan sold in America and while it might not get through every turn just as fast, the monster power coming out of the turns does a long way in making up for the size of this large sedan. I could go on and on about how great the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is to drive, but instead I will let you all watch the video above, showing yours truly rocketing around the track in a white Hellcat Charger.