[ Chrysler Group LLC press release ]
Dodge Unleashes Most Powerful Challenger Ever
All-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with 600-plus horsepower HEMI® Hellcat
engine delivers unrivaled performance, race-inspired interior and new
technologies geared toward the driving enthusiast
- New 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat features the all-new supercharged
6.2-liter HEMI -- the most powerful V-8 engine Chrysler Group LLC has ever
- New Challenger SRT's standard 392 HEMI V8 delivers 485 horsepower and 475
lb.-ft. of peak torque
- Segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmissions available on
both new Dodge Challenger SRT models
- Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine features new Pirelli tire
technology with class-exclusive standard Y-Plus rated four-season tires to
help handle extreme loads
- Both 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT models ride on new, SRT-exclusive
- New Dodge Challenger SRT with the HEMI Hellcat features the largest
front-brake package ever offered in a Chrysler Group vehicle as standard
- All-new, driver-focused cockpit is designed for true performance
enthusiasts with stunning style, premium materials, world-class craftsmanship
and state-of-the-art technology
- Functional, performance-designed exterior maintains Challenger's original
muscle car heritage and key Dodge brand hallmark
May 20, 2014, Auburn Hills, Mich. - The newly consolidated Dodge and SRT
brands are launching out of the gate at full throttle, introducing the new
600-plus horsepower 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine and its
stablemate -- the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT -- just one month after taking the
wraps off the new Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker at the New York
Driven by the five SRT performance hallmarks, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger
SRT and Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine are re-designed and totally
re-engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupes on the market with
performance-enhancing technologies inside and out. The Dodge Challenger SRT
Hellcat will feature the most powerful V-8 engine ever produced by Chrysler
Group -- the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8.
"The new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the ultimate performance muscle
car," said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO -- Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC.
"Dodge is the Mainstream Performance brand, and now combined with SRT, we are
able to unleash a true GT car with an all-new driver-focused interior and the
TorqueFlite eight-speed transmission combined with the most powerful V-8
Chrysler has ever produced. The Challenger Hellcat has been released!"
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT coupes will be built at the Brampton (Ont.)
Assembly plant. Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014.
For 2015, the Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine is propelled by the new
supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8. Its 600-plus horsepower rating will be the
highest of any V-8 engine in Chrysler Group's celebrated history. The all-new
V-8 engine can be mated with an upgraded six-speed manual transmission or a
beefy, new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic -- the first such gearbox ever
offered in the Dodge Challenger SRT's time-honored segment.
This new HEMI Hellcat engine is Dodge and SRT's first application of V-8
supercharger technology, delivering the full brand experience with fresh
The breakthrough supercharged engine features a forged-steel crankshaft with
induction-hardened bearing surfaces. The result is a crank so well-engineered
it can withstand firing pressures of 110 bar (1,595 psi) -- the equivalent of
five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolutions. And its
unique, specially tuned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm.
High-strength, forged-alloy pistons -- developed using advanced telemetry
measurement -- are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with
high-load-capacity bushings and diamond-like-carbon-coated piston pins.
The new supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 has premium-grade, heat-treated
aluminum-alloy cylinder heads that are optimized for superior thermal
conductivity. And its die-cast aluminum rocker covers are HEMI Orange.
In addition to the supercharged HEMI V-8 in the Challenger SRT Hellcat, the
new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT model also gets a power boost with upgrades to
the 392 HEMI V-8. Horsepower climbs to 485 from 470, while peak torque jumps
to 475 lb.-ft. from 470 lb.-ft.
The 392 also can be mated with a new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic or the
proven six-speed manual transmission.
All-new Drive Modes tailor the driving experience to each individual
Whether its on-road or on-track, Challenger SRT owners can personalize their
drive experience via the all-new Drive Modes feature. Drive Modes tailor the
driving experience by controlling horsepower, transmission shift speeds,
steering (Challenger SRT only), paddle shifters (automatic transmission only),
traction and suspension. Drive Modes are pre-configured for Sport, Track and
Default settings, while the Custom setting lets the driver customize the drive
experience to their favorite settings.
- Custom - Allows the driver to personalize the vehicle.s performance
- Sport - Delivers increased vehicle performance capability over the Default
- Track - Delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry
- Default - Activates automatically when starting the vehicle
The Drive Mode feature is controlled through the Uconnect system and may be
accessed by performing any of the following:
Unlocking the power
- Pushing the SRT button on the instrument panel switch bank
- Selecting "Drive Modes" from the "SRT & Apps" menu
- Selecting "Drive Modes" from within the Performance Pages menu
For the first time in Chrysler Group history, the all-new 2015 Dodge
Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine comes standard with two key fobs -- red
and black. The red key fob is the only key that can unlock the full horsepower
and torque potential of the Challenger SRT Hellcat engine; while the black key
fob limits the driver to a reduced engine output.
Valet Mode is offered on both Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT with a Hellcat
engine. When Valet Mode is activated, the following vehicle configurations are
- Engine is remapped to significantly reduce horsepower and torque; limited
to 4,000 rpm
- Transmission locks out access to first gear and upshifts earlier than
- Transmission will treat the manual shifter position the same as the drive
- Traction, steering and suspension are set to their "Street" settings
- Steering-wheel paddle shifters are disabled
- Drive Mode functions are disabled
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is enabled to Full-on
- Launch Control is disabled
The driver can activate and deactivate Valet Mode with a four-digit PIN code
Outstanding ride and handling
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT rides on new, SRT-exclusive "77" eight-spoke 20
x 9-inch forged-aluminum "Hyper Black" wheels. Standard 245/45ZR20 (front and
rear) Goodyear RSA2 All-Season or available Goodyear F1 Supercar Three-Season
tires deliver serious grip and handling.
Standard wheels on the Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine are new
SRT-exclusive "Slingshot" split-seven spoke 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight
forged-aluminum wheels with a matte black finish; available on the SRT 392 as
part of the SRT Track Pack. New P275/40ZR20 Pirelli P Zero Nero tires (front
and rear) provide all-season traction while the newest tire technology from
Pirelli includes the class exclusive four-season tire that is Y-Plus rated to
handle the extreme speeds. Pirelli P Zero tires are available for three-season
Available on the Challenger SRT Hellcat are 20 x 9.5-inch, lightweight
forged-aluminum wheels with a Brass Monkey/dark bronze finish.
Standard on the 2015 Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine is the largest
front-brake package ever offered in an SRT vehicle, featuring all-new 390-mm
(15.4-inch) Brembo two-piece rotors with six-piston calipers for outstanding
heat management/thermal capacity and longevity. This upgraded high-performance
brake package is available on the 392 HEMI SRT model as part of the SRT Track
New anti-lock braking system (ABS), ESC and traction control systems are
uniquely tuned and configurable for specific tire and powertrain
Aggressive and functional exteriors
Dodge and SRT designers and engineers spent 35 percent more time in the
Chrysler Group.s full-scale wind tunnel in Auburn Hills, Michigan, (compared
with the previous-generation Dodge Challenger SRT) developing and further
refining the aggressive and functional exteriors on the Challenger SRT and
Challenger SRT Hellcat. The result is a re-engineered Challenger capable of
maximum aerodynamic performance for spirited driving on the road or the race
At the front, new fascia designs and all-new vertical-split grille provide a
menacing update of its 1971 inspiration. A larger, power-bulge aluminum hood
features a dedicated "cold-air" intake -- a visual styling cue from the first
Viper coupe built in 1996.
The hood on the new Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine also includes
dual air extractors to ensure effective removal of heat and reduced air
turbulence in the engine compartment. The hood is standard in body color and
is available in a Satin Black finish. Both models of the Challenger SRT
feature all-aluminum hoods designed to reduce weight.
Another key design element on the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the exclusive Air
Catcher inlet port, which feeds ram-air directly into the engine air box
through the driver-side parking lamp.
All-new quad projector headlamps give a more detailed appearance, while a more
aggressive brow "chops" the upper portion of the lamp design for an even more
Integrated projector fog lamps on the Challenger 392 SRT are pushed to the
lower corners to help accentuate the car's width while illuminating the road.
A new duck-bill fascia splitter helps improve the vehicle's aerodynamics.
The Dodge Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine features a larger front
splitter designed for optimal downforce to minimize lift.
From the side, the signature muscular proportions and large thruster
rear-quarter panels stand out from the crowd, while fender and belt lines tie
together at the front and rear of the car to create a sleeker appearance.
Differentiating the Challenger SRT Hellcat from the rest of the Challenger
lineup are its "SUPERCHARGED" fender badges. Black sills accentuate the
proportions of the muscle coupe and have been tuned in the wind tunnel to
Out back, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT recalls the historic 1971 model.s
styling with a new split tail-lamp design and rear fascia. The tail lamps
feature the new signature LED graphic with its smooth glow of light that can
be seen from blocks away. A redesigned rear valance helps the 2015 Challenger
SRT models look more planted on the ground. A unique, taller rear spoiler on
the SRT Hellcat features a raised SRT logo.
Race-inspired, high-performance interiors
Inside the 2015 Dodge Challenger is an all-new enthusiast-centric cockpit with
world-class materials, execution and technology. Key elements are inspired by
the interior of the 1971 Challenger.
The performance cockpit of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT carries an essence of
the 1971 Challenger, in an artistic and more organically styled way.
The all-new cleanly executed instrument panel features a stamped aluminum
bezel, which sets the tone for the driver's display. For a high-tech look, an
innovative 7-inch driver-selectable driver information display (DID) screen is
centered in the gauge cluster and provides an almost infinitely customizable
display. The all-new DID screen is flanked by new analog speedometer and
tachometer gauges, which provide a heritage-inspired look with concave shapes
and a hub-covered needle design, reminiscent of the "tic-toc-tach" gauges from
the 1971 Challenger. For the Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine, the fixed
gauges and digital graphics are finished in a Dark Radar Red tone to make it
even more unique.
Additionally, the dashboard's center stack neatly houses the new standard
8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen. New for 2015 drivers can select one of the many
offered backgrounds to connect the digital look and feel with their chosen
A new, trapezoidal shaped stamped aluminum center console provides Challenger
SRT's interior with a fresh look. The aluminum trim gets one of two finishes,
"Hectic Mesh" for the Challenger 392 SRT and "Dark Engine Turn" for the
Challenger SRT Hellcat. The console also exudes craftsmanship and style with
leather-wrapped surfaces and French-seamed accent stitching running from the
back to the front. Employing a unique, elevated design, the all-new center
console houses ergonomically located redundant button and knob controls for
audio and climate functions. An all-new media hub with an SD card slot, USB
outlet and audio jack is neatly housed inside the center console's flocked
For those who opt for the segment-first TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic
transmission, an all-new and class-exclusive electronic shifter with an
all-new driver-oriented T-handle provides the driver with intuitive gear
selection and offers an Auto Stick selector gate for added control. For those
who prefer having a third pedal, the precise and track-proven Tremec TR6060
six-speed manual transmission is fitted with a throwback ball shifter.
A redesigned SRT-branded heated steering wheel features a flat bottom for the
high-performance driver. Available paddle shifters (with automatic
transmission) are located on the back of the upper spokes. The buttons to
control the driver-configurable full-color thin-film transistor (TFT) display
are large and illuminated. Buttons for Uconnect and phone access now reside
along the bottom edge of the horizontal spokes. Optional adaptive cruise
control is configured by buttons that are symmetrically opposite on the right
hand side of the wheel. As before, the highly praised audio controls are still
found on the back of the upper spokes. This new tilt-telescoping steering
wheel also has a 360-degree heat element.
To make cruises more pleasurable, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT features
redesigned seats with improved cushioning and more comfortable contours. For
improved comfort and convenience, new for 2015 are standard heated and
ventilated front seats. The passenger seat also has an easy exit/entry
function to provide access to the rear seat -- this is controlled by a release
handle on the top shoulder of the seat.
Challenger SRT offers performance seats with large side bolsters for maximum
lateral support in hard cornering. The seats can be covered in Nappa
leather/Alcantara material with embroidered SRT logos. Laguna premium leather,
colored either sepia or black with embossed SRT logos, is available as part of
an equipment package.
High-impact exterior colors
Many of the most memorable paint colors in automotive history have been found
on the Challenger. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and SRT with the HEMI
Hellcat will be available in 11 exterior colors: B5 Blue Pearl Coat, Billet
Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic
Pearl Coat, Ivory White Tri-Coat Pearl, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Phantom Black
Tri-Coat Pearl, Pitch Black Clear Coat, Redline Tri-Coat Pearl, Sublime
Metallic Pearl Coat and TorRed Clear Coat.
Twin, full-body stripes are available in Black Satin Gloss and Silver High
Gloss on the SRT 392.
The Dodge brand is tearing into its centennial year as America's mainstream
performance brand, celebrating its 100th anniversary on July 1, 2014. With the
purification of the brand and consolidation with SRT, Dodge is getting back to
its performance roots with every single model it offers. The consolidated
Dodge and SRT brands will offer a complete lineup of performance vehicles that
stand out within their own segments. Dodge will be the .mainstream
performance. brand within the Chrysler showroom. SRT will be positioned as the
"ultimate performance" halo of the Dodge brand, together creating a complete
and balanced performance brand with one vision and one voice.
From muscle cars to compact cars, minivans, crossovers and full-size SUVs, the
Dodge brand's full lineup of 2015 models deliver best-in-class horsepower,
class-exclusive technology, unmatched capability and a slew of cool features,
such as LED headlamps, Dodge signature racetrack tail lamps, dual exhaust,
8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment centers and 7-inch thin-film transistor
(TFT) customizable gauge clusters, to name a few. For the 2015 model year,
customers will be able to drive the new 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger, as
well as the Dodge Challenger SRT with the HEMI Hellcat. The Dodge brand lineup
also includes the 2015 Dodge Dart, Durango, Grand Caravan and Journey,
including the new Crossroad model, and Dodge Viper SRT.