Jay Leno presented a Challenger SRT Hellcat to Corporal Ethan Leberge, a veteran of Afghanistan who was injured in a suicide bomber attack, as a small way of thanking those who risk their lives to protect ours. Good on ya Jay! Find more info at MotorAuthority. Video after the jump!
You’d love to buy a new Charger but there is one thing stopping you. (OK, three things if you count those two rear doors). You want a manual gearbox in your 21st century General Lee. Not gonna happen. We kinda already know the answer but Jalopnik’s Oppositelock has an insider who spills the beans (or should we say bean counters). Find the story here.
You asked for, nay, demanded a Hellcat powered Grand Cherokee. No official word from Chrysler but the internet is abuzz with the rumour that such a beast may yet come to fruition. Find more info at StrettLegalTV.
Three pedals and rowing your own should always be a big part of the muscle car experience but Chryslers new 8-speed TorqueFlite, beefed up for the Hellcat, is no slouch either. TorqueNews compares the two transmission choices. Read the story here.
The first production Challenger Hellcat went to auction at Barrett Jackson recently. The winning bid was $825,000. Is that crazy money for a car that will probably live in a bubble as an investment? Absolutely, but who cares? The money goes to Opportunity Village, a Vegas-based non-profit organization that assists adults with disabilities. Find more info at CarBuzz.
Ok, not really… While we were down in Portland testing the Hellcat we also got to check out all the other 2015 Challengers. Ryan Douthit of Driving Sports shot the Hellcat video we posted last week (hanging out the back of a minivan on PIR). He also shot the video below with a R/T Scat Pack car, using Steve Cook’s beautiful 1969 Super Bee for a bit of historical perspective. Watch the video after the jump!
Jay Leno reviews the Hellcat with Dodge president and CEO Tim Kuniskis. Why build a car with over 700 horsepower? The Challenger is a heavier car than the competition. So they went to their SRT engineers and simply said “Let’s get absolutely crazy with the horsepower and shut everybody up.” Bravo! Video after the jump.
I think he likes it. Video after the jump!