Automakers tend to test pre-production models in high-altitude areas so they know how cold weather and thin air affect the vehicle’s performance. TFLCar recently caught a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat testing high up in the Colorado Rockies, but the Hellcat is already on sale, so what’s going on here?
TFLCar seems to believe Dodge is testing an all-wheel drive version of the Hellcat, but we’re not convinced. All-wheel drive Chargers tend to sit a little higher up than their rear-wheel drive counterparts and we can tell this Hellcat’s ride height is the same as others. If you look closely, you can see there’s also no axle nut on the front right wheel.
We’re not AWD would do anything positive for the Charger Hellcat, anyway. An all-wheel drive system would only succeed in making the Hellcat more complicated and heavier than it already is, while simultaneously ruining the fun of unleashing all of the car’s 707 horsepower on the rear tires.
So what’s this prototype doing poking around way up in the mountain of Colorado? We think Dodge has some minor updates in store for the Charger Hellcat for the 2017 model year and is putting some of these updates to the test. They could also be putting the Hellcat powertrain through various trials, seeing as it will soon find its way under the hood of the Jeep Grand Cherokee ‘TrackHawk’.
Check out the spy video above.