Hennessey Challenger Hellcat Makes 1,032 Twincharged Horsepower
Yo dawg, we heard you like wheelspin.
“What the Dodge Hellcat really needs is more power,” said nobody ever.
And yet, the manic motor mavens at Hennessey Performance have decided to take the 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat and crank it up to a total of 1,032 pavement-pounding ponies. Because horsepower.
Also, because forced induction. To wind up producing a four-figure horsepower number at the crankshaft, Hennessey takes the Hellcat’s supercharged Hemi and adds a pair of big ol’ turbochargers that work in conjunction with the blower. That’s right: the Hennessey Hellcat is a twincharged Challenger.
The HPE1000 package is remarkably simple. Twin turbos and the hardware they entail, uprated intercooler and fuel system, a high-flow air filter, engine tuning, and of course, no fewer than seven extra badges and plaques commemorating the work. Hennessey claims its Challenger makes 1,032 hp at 6,500 rpm and 987 pound-feet at 4,500 rpm. Which, in turn, will launch the twincharged kitty to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, then through the quarter in 9.9 seconds at 142 mph. Well, when the HPE1000 has been outfitted with drag radial tires. And there’s an experienced driver behind the wheel. And the drag strip has been properly vetted and prepared. And the weather conditions are perfect. And you lift off the brakes exactly 57 seconds into AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell.” Otherwise, expect those rear tires to go up like the Pacific Ring of Fire.
But let’s face it: If you’re bringing a Hellcat to Hennessey for a power upgrade, odds are good that massive burnouts are exactly what you’re looking for. After all, this is what a Hennessey Hellcat does with only 852 horsepower. Imagine what it’ll do with 20 percent more.