It was the worst best-kept-secret in the auto industry: after the unveiling of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the phenomenal 707 horsepower sitting under its muscle car hood, speculation immediately began to swirl around the idea that the Dodge Charger could see its own Hellcat edition in the near future. After all, both of these Chrysler products share a near-identical platform, which would make producing a radical four-door Hellcat as simply as programming a few robots on the assembly line to grab this V-8 engine instead of that one and stuff it where it doesn't belong.
That could have been how the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat design process unfolded, but fortunately for fans of affordable - and excessive - power, the engineering decisions surrounding the world's most powerful sedan occurred at a much higher level. The Charger SRT Hellcat is more than just an overcompensating engine plucked from muscle coupe glory and deposited in a full-size family car: it's a complete re-thinking of the Charger concept that is intended to paint as much speed, handling, and style as possible onto the vehicle's basic canvas. After having sampled the Charger SRT Hellcat on both the hot asphalt of West Virginia's Summit Point Motorsports Park and the soaking wet concrete that makes up Washington D.C.'s Beltway, I can attest to the blistering success of the four-door Hellcat formula.