When Dodge unveiled the Challenger SRT Hellcat back in 2015, it reignited the horsepower wars with its unbelievable for the time power rating of 707 hp. Today, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s power rating has grown slightly, up to 717 horsepower and 656 pound feet of torque for the 2020 model year. The added power surely helps to trim a little off the previous Hellcat’s 0-60 mph sprint of 3.7 seconds and an 11.8 seconds quarter-mile run at 125 mph, though traction was already the limiting factor here. Simply put, smash the go pedal in this hellacious muscle car and you’ll be breaking every traffic law in the country before you know it. That is, if the road you are driving on has speed limits. Thanks to a recent upload to the AutoTopNL Youtube channel, we now have a look at what the Challenger SRT Hellcat can do on the unrestricted section of the German Autobahn.
In the video, the supercharged Challenger storms the German highway with ferocity. The sound of a large displacement Hemi-V8 strapped with a supercharger is not a common thing in Europe, but we think that the Hellcat is a perfect match for the famous stretch of road. The Hellcat in question reaches an indicated maximum speed of 270 kilometers per hour, or 168 miles per hour here in the States. That is almost double the fastest legal speed on any U.S. highway, which in itself is awesome.
For those who are disappointed that the Hellcat wasn’t able to reach its factory rated top speed of 199 mph, it is important to remember that the German Autobahn is a public road with plenty of traffic. Moving at those kinds of speeds, you can catch up to slower cars in what seems like the blink of an eye. Just under 170 miles and hour in an American muscle car isn’t half bad if you ask us.
While you may never get to experience a Dodge Challenger Hellcat on a road like the Autobahn, the massive amount of power under your right foot can be felt at more reasonable speeds as well. But we already know that if you bought a Hellcat, speed limits, like fuel economy, aren’t your biggest concern.