The 707 horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was never designed to go around a racetrack quickly, but in the publication’s Lightning Lap test, Car & Driver proved that if you really try, the Hellcat can actually go around corners. Sort of.
The Hellcat wasn’t one of the faster entries in C&D’s Lightning Lap test, but it probably didn’t do as badly as you think. Despite its 4,000+ lb kerb weight and outdated chassis, the Hellcat got around VIR in 3:03.5, about a second and a half behind the Jaguar F-Type Project 7 and about half a second ahead of the Ford Focus RS. It also beat the Camaro 1LE V6, Lexus GS-F, Tesla Model S P85D and 2016 Audi TTS.
Much of that time was likely made up on VIR’s main straight, where the Hellcat managed to crack 150 mph. Those 707 horsepowers helped the Hellcat along so much that it even clocked in faster down the straight than the C7 Corvette Grand Sport, C&D says. Not bad for a full size sedan.
Check out the lap in the video above.