Brian & Vicky Garinger’s Hellcat Challenger


Brian and Vicky Garinger are the proud owners of one of the first Hellcat Challengers in Northern Ontario

Brian and Vicky Garinger are the proud owners of one of the first Hellcat Challengers in Northern Ontario.

For the second year in a row, Dodge can lay claim to having the most powerful muscle cars in North America rolling off of their assembly line in Detroit with their Hellcat Challengers and Chargers, two cars that are both offered with the mega-powered, Hemi Hellcat engine, a monster motor that puts all other North American factory muscle cars to shame with their 707 horsepower supercharged 6.2 litre 376 cubic inch engine option.

Hellcat 1In only two short years the Hellcat engine has become a legend in the motorsport’s world, similar to the way the original 426 Hemi from the late sixties and early seventies was considered by many to be the ultimate muscle car engine, but this modern Hellcat Hemi out powers the original Hemi engine by a country mile when it comes to raw power combined with locomotive-like torque that can melt tires at will. Quite simply, there has never been an engine this ridiculously powerful ever stuffed under a North American car’s hood, and with word that the Hellcat engine might be added to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk lineup, no doubt there will be a lineup of buyers looking to have the nastiest SUV on the road if Chrysler decides to expand on the Hellcat’s offering.

Brian and Vicky Garinger are the proud owners of one of the first Hellcat Challengers in Northern Ontario. Brian offers his thoughts on owning the monster motored Hellcat Challenger,

Hellcat 5This is the second year that Vicky and I are enjoying our 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat, and it has been quite the awesome experience right from when we ordered the car thanks to Blake, Brian and Neil at Doyle Dodge who helped put us behind the wheel of this incredible machine. We have found the car to be mild-mannered and fun just cruising around town and out on the open road as well, but it turns into a full blown supercar when the engine starts to roar. For our highway runs we managed to get  an impressive 23mpg which is not bad for having 707 horses under my right foot, but just don’t ask about in-town fuel mileage because this cat can be quite thirsty in the city, but nobody buys a Hellcat for fuel efficiency, they buy one of these Hellcat powered cars for pure performance and the amazing technology that is built in from the factory.

Hellcat 2We put 5600 km on the car last summer, driving this beast down to MoparFest in New Hamburg, ON, and on road trips to North Bay and Little Current. We also took the car out for a run to Elliot Lake for the drag races where I tried it out on the track at the 14th annual North Shore Challenge drag racing event held at the Elliott Lake Airport. With the 650 lb ft of torque the Hellcat engine makes, it was a challenge to get the car to hook up properly and launch on its stock Pirelli P Zero tires which are street tires designed for everyday use, as they are clearly not designed for drag strip racing. Given my past experience racing my Mopar Duster at the track, I would have preferred a proper set of racing slicks, but I still managed a time of 7.9 sec in the 1/8 mile at 102 m.p.h. which is a time/speed that certainly doesn’t reflect the potential for the Hellcat Challenger if it is properly set up for a day at the strip.

hellcat 6This is our second new generation Challenger, our first being the 2009 R/T Hemi that came with the 6 speed manual transmission. While our first Challenger was really a beautiful, quick car, this 8 speed automatic, Hellcat powered Challenger with all of the new upgrade and performance options makes this car a standout compared to nearly any other muscle car offered today. One thing is certain though, today’s muscle cars like the Challenger are light years ahead of the original muscle cars from the sixties and early seventies, and I am glad to have the opportunity to own one of the first Hellcat-powered Challengers which is sure to be regarded (even decades from now) as one of the best muscle cars ever made.

Hellcat 3Hellcat Facts:

  • The Hellcat name came from a Grumman World War II fighter plane.
  • The 80 pound aluminum IHI Turbo America Supercharger is overdriven at a 2.36 ratio compared to the Hellcat’s crankshaft. The supercharger runs at 14,600 RPM and at just over 11PSI, it can flow 30,000 litres of air per minute.
  • It takes 80 horsepower from the engine just to drive the Supercharger.
  • The Hellcat makes more than 800 horsepower gross, but is SAE certified at the crank for 707 horsepower.
  • Special injectors flow 600cc per minute of gasoline and the high-flow injectors can fill a pint glass in 7 seconds.
  • Each supercharged Hemi is dyno-tested for 42 minutes for loads up 90% at 5200RPM.
  • If there was a straight place of road wear you can hold the car wide open it would empty the tank in under 14 minutes.

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