For the past 50 years, since the first Dodge Charger took to the streets in 1966, Americans have enjoyed an obsession with power, performance and style. The ‘66 Dodge Charger was a flat-out menace on the asphalt, and a game-changer in a hyper-competitive segment and era. With the foundation firmly in place, Dodge Charger continued to grow in size and stature, year after year, always striving for cutting-edge design, awe-inspiring interiors, and performance and capability that broke boundaries with each new iteration of the iconic vehicle.
In this five-part series, the Redline Dodge Blog is looking back at five landmark models in the Dodge Charger’s 50-year history. We started with the 1968, 1969, 1970 and 2006 Dodge Charger. Today, in our final blog post in the series, we’re focusing on the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat.
Strap on your safety belts and prepare to be pressed back into your seat.
The 2016 Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat: Interior, Exterior and Engine
Inside and outside, the 2016 Dodge SRT® Hellcat is a sight to behold — if you can catch a glimpse of it racing by, that is. From the sporty, refined interior to the supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT Hellcat V8 engine, every detail of this road warrior is designed for comfort and performance.
Even at a standstill, the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat looks like it’s ready to sprint from the line. The SRT Hellcat front fender badging puts the competition on notice, and the aluminum hood featuring air extractors astride a center NACA duct is both functional for cooling and bold in style.
In addition, the 20×9.5-inch forged aluminum slingshot wheels in standard Matte Black or available Brass Monkey finish exude speed. For muscle car enthusiasts who truly want to stand apart from the crowd, optional SRT Hellcat dual racing stripes add an aggressive appearance to an already intimidating vehicle.
If you thought the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat looked like a beast on wheels, just wait until you feel the power under the hood. The supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 pushes muscle to its very limit, exerting a monstrous 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. All of that power is routed to the rear wheels via a TorqueFlite® eight-speed automatic transmission that’s been enhanced with additional pinion gears and five additional clutch pack discs.
To harness all that power, the Charger SRT Hellcat features performance-tuned steering to give the driver good vehicle response and increased ease of maneuverability in tight spaces. Further, the three-mode Bilstein® adaptive dampening suspension works to put the driver in full control no matter the conditions. The Brembo® ultra high-performance brake system boasts monster-sized 15.4-inch two-piece rotors that work with six-piston calipers on the front, and 13.8-inch rear discs for incredible stopping power.
For those who believe driving can be an art form, the interior of the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat has been designed for comfort and style, with dark satin accents, and engineered for road-ready confidence and control. The SRT flat-bottom steering wheel with gunmetal accents is designed to fit firmly in the palms of your hands, and the 7-inch customizable driver information digital cluster display delivers real-time information. To flex some serious muscle on the interior, the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat features a 200-mph speedometer.
The 2016 Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat: Keyfobs and Safety & Security Features
Speaking of high speeds and harnessing power, the 2016 Dodge SRT® Hellcat comes with two key fobs — a black key fob that restricts power to 500 horsepower and a red key fob that unlocks the full 707 horsepower of the supercharged 6.2L HEMI® SRT Hellcat V8 engine.
Safety and security features include the ParkView® rear back up camera*, ParkSense® rear park assist system, and suite of standard airbags†, including advanced multistage driver and front-passenger airbags, supplemental full-length side-curtain airbags, front seat-mounted side pelvic thorax airbags and a driver-side knee blocker airbag.
Power, performance, style — after 50 years of the Charger, the 2016 Dodge Charger SRT® Hellcat still represents the principles of the original and continues to define the muscle sedan. We can’t wait to see what the next 50 years of Charger brings.
Learn more about the history of the Dodge Charger at the Redline Dodge Blog, and check out the current lineup at dodge.com.
*Always check entire surroundings before backing up.
†Always sit properly in designated seating positions with the seat belts securely fastened at all times.