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Muscle car enthusiasts are well aware of the Dodge Hellcat engine and logo, but if you're unaware, the engines in Hellcat-stamped cars and trucks have a ridiculous amount of horsepower. It all comes from its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that — when it was unleashed in 2015 — boasted 707 horsepower. Since then, the engine has been upgraded in many ways and is now powering multiple vehicles across GM's automotive landscape. Frankly, it was one of the hottest shows in town until Shelby recently unveiled the newest King of the Road.

Still, that 707 horsepower (and above in more recent efforts) is nothing to sniff at. The Hellcat engines come in Chargers and Challengers, but that's sort of expected. While they are definitely worth talking about, it's all the other vehicles that come with a version of the Hellcat engine that make it interesting.

It's also important to point out that while most car companies are moving towards electric, it is almost as if these companies are going for one last hoorah. The Hellcat engine will no longer be built after 2023 in order to make way for new models and engines.

Without further ado, check out the top vehicles that use the Hellcat engine and issue them a fond farewell until we see what's next.

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

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If you know about the Hellcat engine at all, you know it started with the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. What's cool about this particular car is that it looks a lot like muscle cars of yesterday, but it comes fully loaded with all the modern amenities we've grown accustomed to. The Challenger Hellcat sports the 707 horsepower 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine, which immediately puts it atop the muscle category and even made other American car companies consider adding more power.

However, the Challenger SRT Hellcat wasn't the last Challenger to get the upgrade. In 2022, Dodge put out the Challenger Hellcat Jailbreak, which pushed the engine even further, upgrading to a 797 horsepower V8. But perhaps the king of all Challengers was the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Demon took the Challenger to a whole new level with its 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. The only problem? You'll need to power it with 100 octane fuel to hit those levels of horsepower, and last time we checked, that wasn't available at the corner gas station.

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat

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When Dodge brought back the Charger name in 2008, it was on a four-door sedan, which definitely raised a few eyebrows among gearheads. It sported a respectable 5.7-liter V-8, but something about turning a famous muscle car name into a family sedan didn't sit well with some folks. Fortunately, Dodge brought the Charger up to speed (literally) with the SRT Hellcat. Using the same engine found in the Challenger from the same year, it offered the 707 horsepower 6.2-liter Hellcat V8. It had a top speed of 203 mph and immediately became the most powerful sedan anywhere, beating out competing cars from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes.

In 2021, Dodge gave the car an upgrade with the Charger Hellcat Redeye. This version of the car pushed the envelope with 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. This was made possible through extensive upgrades to the suspension, half-shafts, and cooling systems. Whatever they did worked, giving the Charger the powerful upgrade it deserves.

2016 Jeep Trailcat

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Once the Hellcat engine came out in 2015, Dodge decided it wanted to shoe-horn the engine into all types of vehicles. The 2016 Jeep Trailcat is an incredible off-roading machine and only appeared as a concept vehicle during Jeep's annual Easter offroad excursion to Moab, Utah. It was the 60th anniversary of the trip to the desert, and Jeep showed up with a bright green Jeep Wrangler with 39.5-inch offroad wheels. It also, of course, packed the power of the 707 horsepower 6.2-liter Hellcat V8.

What's even more ridiculous about this particular upgrade is that Jeep had to lengthen the wheelbase by a foot in order to fit the huge engine into the frame. We're not sure about you, but being that high up in the air with those wheels and all that engine sounds positively terrifying. Still, given the chance, it would be hard to pass up trying to drive that amazing-looking machine. Hats off to the folks at Jeep for even conceiving this monster, much less building it.

2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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Once Dodge started thinking of new ways of using the immensely powerful Hellcat engine, it landed on an unusual marriage between an SUV and a rocket. The 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was the result, and it came loaded with a — you guessed it — 707 horsepower 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 engine. You have to keep in mind that this SUV comes loaded with its usual accouterments, and as such, it weighs 5,448 pounds. That's a heavy vehicle, by any standards. But that 707 horsepower V8 can do 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. In an SUV! That's insane.

Of course, with all that bulk and fewer aerodynamic features you'd find in a low-to-the-ground car, it doesn't hit the same top speeds as other cars with the Hellcat engine. Still, it makes us wonder how many of these behemoths we've passed on the highway, never even considering that the comfortable-looking SUV driving next to us could blow the doors off every other vehicle around it. The thought will make us look at SUVs differently from now on.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

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When Dodge added the Hellcat engine to its Jeep Grand Cherokee, it must have figured it would work as well or better in its 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. Like the Jeep, the Durango comes equipped with the same 707 horsepower 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, and it does so inside of an SUV with three rows of seats for the whole family. We don't know about you, but all we can think about are the kids in the back holding on for dear life on the way to soccer practice.

Unfortunately, the Durango SRT Hellcat for 2023 is already sold out. But maybe it's for the better; EPA estimates for the SUV clock in at just 12 mpg in the city and a minuscule 17 mpg on the highway. With that said, the cabin is luxurious, with heated seats, an infotainment system, and paddle shifters on either side of the steering wheel. It also has a standard automatic stick between the front seats.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

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In Dodge's quest to try the Hellcat engine in all sorts of different form factors, it decided to try its hand at upgrading a full-size truck to ungodly speeds. Enter the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. Powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V8, this truck is based on the regular 1500 Ram but adds a better suspension, a stronger frame, and is controlled by an eight-speed automatic transmission. It can do 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, making it faster than most cars. Whoever's idea it was to put this engine into a full-sized truck should probably be committed, but we are sure glad it's here.

This thing is built for offroading, too. It comes with 35-inch all-terrain tires on its 18-inch wheels, givingit over a foot of ground clearance. It also has a ton of underbody plating to protect against the inevitable rocks kicked up by all that power. Of course, a truck isn't worth much if it can't tow things, but rest assured: The Ram1500 TRX can tow just about anything you throw at it, from boats to trailers.


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Super Power: The 6 Coolest Vehicles To Use The Hellcat Engine - SlashGear? ›

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Revealed As Electric Muscle Car That Can Outrun A Hellcat Redeye.

What car can outrun a Hellcat? ›

2024 Dodge Charger Daytona Revealed As Electric Muscle Car That Can Outrun A Hellcat Redeye.

What car uses the Hellcat engine? ›

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is where tires go to die. It's one of the last coupes with American-style V-8 thunder under its hood. The Challenger SRT Hellcat lineup's most reserved model spews 717 horsepower from its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

How many miles per gallon does a Hellcat get? ›

At the peak of this model's power, the 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye can deliver an EPA-estimated 13/22 MPG (city/highway).

What car has more HP than a Hellcat? ›

“In 2015, Dodge shocked the world with the 707 horsepower Hellcat. Then in 2018 we did it with the 840 horsepower Demon, and now we are doing it again with the 1,025 horsepower Demon 170, the world's first sustainable-energy, eight-second factory-production, street-legal muscle car.”

How much HP can you get out of a Hellcat engine? ›

Since it was first introduced in 2015, Dodge has kept updating and improving its supercharged Hemi V8 and, in doing so, power has marched upward. From its original output of 707 hp, the 2023 Hellcat family now produces anywhere from 702 hp in the Ram TRX, to 1,025 hp (on E85 fuel) in the Challenger SRT Demon 170.

What can beat a scat pack? ›

The Hellcat is faster than the Scat Pack. The Scat Pack makes 485 horsepower, while the Hellcat makes 717 horsepower (or 797 horsepower as the wicked Hellcat Redeye).

What car can outrun a police helicopter? ›

Some people also insert you can't outrun a police helicopte. But one Texas man in a stolen Dodge Challenger Hellcat proved that old saying is a heap of horse crap because he outran both!

Can a Hellcat outrun a Corvette? ›

The result is 11.492 seconds for the Hellcat and 11.504 for the 'Vette. That's a margin of 12 thousandths of a second, but it's enough for the Challenger to clock a win.

What Hellcat has 707 hp? ›

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

The 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat debuted with a headline-grabbing 707-hp supercharged 6.2-liter V-8.

What car is called demon? ›

The limited-production 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT ® Demon 170, featuring the first-ever 1,000-plus-horsepower production HEMI ® engine, is absolutely here to kick ass and cross names off the competitor lane list.

What is the nickname of the Hellcat? ›

The Grumman F6F Hellcat's nickname was "Zero-killer," a reference to Mitsubishi's capable A6M Zero fighter aircraft of WWII.

What gas do Hellcats take? ›

SRT Hellcat: Premium gas — 91-octane or higher.

How many miles will a Hellcat engine last? ›

Any motor today should do 200k easily with proper maintenance, including hellcats. If you run it hard, then maintain it hard (i.e. more frequently, more intensively).

Are Hellcats reliable? ›

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat holds a strong overall J.D. Power rating of 85 out of a maximum 100 and 88/100 for quality and reliability. These numbers are backed up by the fact that zero recalls have so far been issued for this year's model.

Can I put a Hellcat in any car? ›

If you are willing to put the necessary time and money into the job, you can put just about any engine and transmission into any vehicle, assuming there's actually space enough to do it, assuming both vehicles are front engine rear wheel drive.

Can you Hellcat swap a Corolla? ›

Can you put a Hellcat engine in a Corolla? Yes. You'll probably have to cut out the firewall and most of the floorpan. You'll probably have to fabricate a stronger frame to drop the body onto.

Can you put a Hellcat motor in a Camaro? ›

They can be retrofitted into nearly anything, from a '32 Ford Model A to a 2014 Chevy Camaro. However, while I am a big Mopar fan, if I had a Camaro and wanted to put a high-performance engine in it, I'd go with a GM crate engine, such as an LS1.

Can you put a Hellcat engine in a Ram 1500? ›

Will a Hellcat engine bolt into a Dodge Ram? - Quora. The Hellcat comes with a 6.2 liter hemisphere. No, the truck was not made with tha engine as an option so it is not going to “bolt up” there would be significant modifications necessary to make it work.

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