The 2022 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, which comes standard with 717 horsepower, is one helluva family sedan. Not only are its big back seat and trunk great for taking more than two people on trips or just out to lunch, but it also accelerates so ferociously that the same passengers will be cussing up a storm or asking for an airsick bag–or both. For an extra dose of “hold onto your butts,” the Redeye model boasts a ridiculous 797 horses and will hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds on its way to a claimed 203-mph top speed. While all that power might be too much for some, the widebody-only Charger actually handles surprisingly well for its size. Just expect better communication from your in-laws than from its steering. Compared with high-performance, six-figure luxury cars such as the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S and Porsche Panamera Turbo S, the 2022 Charger SRT Hellcat is a great value. Too bad its interior looks like it came from a car that costs less than half its nearly $75,000 starting price—which it does.
What’s New for 2022?
Unlike last year’s model, the ’22 Charger SRT Hellcat now comes standard with a deluxe security alarm. Otherwise, the incredibly powerful sedan enters the model year unchanged.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Without a doubt, the Hellcat’s main attraction is its supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. If you haven’t heard, it now makes 717 horsepower along with 650 pound-feet of torque. The Redeye model features an enhanced version of the Hellcat engine, which generates 797 horses and 707 pound-feet. Obviously, these ultimate Chargers will leave no one wanting for power, all of which is directed to the rear wheels through a quick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The regular Hellcat we tested blasted to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds at 124 mph. The Hellcat Redeye we tested hit 60 mph in 3.5 ticks and covered the quarter in 11.5 seconds at 126 mph. Of course, this unreal performance doesn’t come without a price, and drivers must carefully apply the gas pedal to maintain traction. And those big rear tires are expensive to replace. The standard widebody setup that we drove helps improve the supersedan’s body control and cornering grip thanks to wider, stickier tires and stiffer chassis components. Still, the widebody Hell
cat’s front tires don’t communicate as much to the steering wheel as we’d like.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The Charger SRT Hellcat is rated at 12 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. That’s actually pretty impressive when you consider how much power this sedan has. Once we test the updated powertrain on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regime, we can evaluate its real-world mpg. For more information about the Charger’s fuel economy.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Inside, the SRT Hellcat shares the same design and passenger space as tamer Chargers. However, it has a slew of desirable standard features and some personalized options. Every Charger SRT Hellcat includes a 200-mph speedometer, leather upholstery, and heated and ventilated front seats. There’s a Carbon & Suede package that adds real carbon-fiber interior trim and a faux-suede headliner for a sportier atmosphere. Interior cubby storage is highlighted by spots to store small items, and we managed to fit seven carry-on bags in the Charger’s sizable trunk.