The Dodge Charger Hellcat is an outlier is today’s automotive landscape. While the majority of cars move to light new platforms and trade in their big V8 and V6 engines for smaller turbocharged powerplants, the Hellcat remains on its archaic LX platform and is powered by a thirsty 707 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8.
That unapologetic attitude is what helped the 707 horsepower Charger Hellcat win Digital Trends’ Best Car of 2015. The Charger Hellcat, with its unashamedly loud exhaust note and even louder styling, makes no attempts to hide what it is and who it’s for. There’s no blurred lines with the Charger: it’s a 204 mph super-sedan and it has the looks to back it up.
Digital Trends praised the Hellcat’s cornering abilities, which we can back them up on. Despite the old LX platform and significant kerb weight, the Hellcat can hold its own very well on a racetrack. You won’t be hanging onto the back of track-prepped Corvettes or anything, but for a V8 sedan riding on a decade-old platform, its handling is nothing short of astounding.
With the grunt of the 707 horsepower V8, the well sorted LX platform and an accessible $62,000 asking price, the Hellcat outscored the McLaren 650S and Volkswagen Golf R for Digital Trends’ Best Car of 2015. There’s no doubt the Hellcat engine is a winner, so let’s not take it for granted before it leaves us for good in a couple years’ time.