Numbers don't lie, and the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is a big angry box full of big angry numbers: 707 hp, 650 lb-ft of torque, and an 11-second quarter on street tires. The largest number is also the most amazing: the angriest SRT starts at $63,995, including the $1700 gas guzzler tax.
Some simple math puts this in perspective: the Charger SRT Hellcat sets you back $91/hp. To find anything close to that dollar-per-horsepower ratio, you have to do some creative configuring.
Let's look at the competition:
In its same family, the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT 392 rings in with 485 hp and an MSRP of $47,385. That puts it at $97 per horsepower. Not shabby. But it has nowhere near the power of its big brother. (And yes, we know that's an R/T in the photo—there are no pics of the regular Charger SRT yet.)
How about the 730-hp Ferrari F12berlinetta? With an MSRP of $322,638, it's a staggering $441 per horsepower.
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S opens at $180,300 and makes 570 hp. That comes in at $316 per horsepower.
What about the new Chevrolet Corvette Z06? At 650 hp and (an admittedly awesome value at) $78,995, its ratio is $121 per horsepower.
The no-bullshit 2015 BMW M3 starts at around $62,000—priced competitively with the Charger Hellcat. But with "just" 425 hp, it nets out at $158 per horsepower. The 2015 M5 is an even poorer value, at $167 per horsepower. That's ... bullshit.
The Chevrolet SS has been criticized for being a poor value, but with 415 hp and an MSRP of $43,475 it comes out to $104 per horsepower—not a terrible value.
What about a Road & Track favorite, the 2015 Fiesta ST? 197 hp and an MSRP of $20,945 puts it just behind the SS at $106 per horsepower.
And then there's the Camaro ZL1, supercharged to the tune of 580 hp. Chevy wants $55,505 for a no-options example, and that puts it at $95 per horsepower. Thoroughly respectable.
It might be facing a 272 hp deficit when compared to the monster Hellcats, but the $32,100 2015 Mustang GT comes in with a rock-bottom dollar-to-horsepower ratio of $74 per horsepower. That's a $16 per hp savings over the Hellcat. Add the Performance Package (and you really should) and the price swells to $35,420 and gives a ratio of $81 per horsepower—still better than the Hellcat. And a hell of a car, to boot.
If you're wondering what could possibly beat what seems like an unassailable value, look towards trucks. The 2014 Ram 1500 Tradesman with the 5.7-liter Hemi squeezes out 383 hp for just $23,615, for a staggering $61 per horsepower. Trucks are simply the best bang for the buck around.
Horsepower isn't everything, but any Hellcat Dodge is a hell of a thing. They have legitimate dragstrip cred, and after looking at the numbers, nothing fun comes close.