Aug 18

The New Challenger Approaches — Jay Leno Test-Drives Dodge’s Latest Muscle Car

Famed funnyman Jay Leno is well-known for his long and fondly remembered stint as the host of the Tonight Show on NBC. Leno is also famous for his incredible collection of classic cars throughout the ages. While he has moved on from his talk show gig — the Tonight Show is now hosted by SNL alum Jimmy Fallon — he hasn’t left behind his favorite hobby. Leno now hosts an online video series called Jay Leno’s Garage. The president and CEO of Dodge, Tim Kuniskis, dropped by Leno’s show to show off the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is, quite simply, a marvelously monstrous machine. Boasting the incredibly powerful 6.2-liter HEMI engine, the new Challenger is the most powerful muscle car ever constructed. The V8 engine powering it delivers 707 horsepower — more than any Chrysler Group LLC vehicle in history. The crankshaft of the HEMI engine is so durable, it can withstand pressures of 110 bar (1,595 psi). Each of its eight pistons can essentially withstand the weight of five family sedans every two revolutions — multiply that by eight and we’re talking about the total weight of 40 four-door cars!

The engine can be paired with an upgraded six-speed manual transmission or a mighty TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission — the first gearbox of its type ever offered in the Dodge Challenger SRT’s segment. As if the car didn’t command the road enough as it is, Challenger SRT drivers can enjoy total control thanks to the brand-new Drive Modes feature, which alters the driving experience based on three preset settings: Sport, Track and Default. Users can also configure their ride to their liking by selecting the Custom setting.

All told, the vigorous 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is not a car for the faint of heart. Check out the video above and watch Jay take it for a spin! Of course, if it’s more muscle than you really need, feel free to browse the selection of other great Dodge models at our New Hampshire Dodge Dealership.