The aptly named Dodge Hellcat – how much does it weigh? Is it the lightest Challenger? Is it the fastest Challenger?
We answer all your questions in this article on all things Dodge Hellcat-related.
The Dodge Challenger is no doubt one of Dodge’s most popular sports cars. Since the start of its production in 1974, it has been a pony car, a muscle car, and even a high-performance strip street drag racing car.
In this article, we look at the weight of the Dodge Hellcat, plus the various versions of the Hellcat and their curb weights, as well as the infamous Demon.
If you are a big fan of the Dodge Challenger, you are going to want to read on.
What Is a Hellcat?
The Hellcat is a variant of the Dodge Challenger, launched in 2015.
The Dodge Hellcat, or Dodge SRT Hellcat to be specific, took the features of the Dodge Challenger and super-charged them with a 6.2 liter Hemi V8 engine, among other modifications. Its main purpose? To be a high-performance racetrack-ready version of the already powerful Dodge Challenger.
Taking a quick glance at its specs, the 2015 Hellcat can hit 60 MPH, or 201 KMH, in 3.6 seconds. Yep – the Hellcat is no slow-poke. If that is not impressive enough, it also boasts 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
Since the original Dodge SRT Hellcat, the Hellcat has undergone various variations, and even inspired a new high-octane Challenger model (can you guess which one it is?), constantly establishing itself as one of Dodge’s most powerful muscle cars.
How Much Do Dodge Hellcats Weigh?
The original 2015 Dodge SRT Hellcat weighs in at… wait for it… 4469 pounds, or 2027 kilograms.
To offer some scope, the Hellcat is around 1100 pounds heavier than a Lamborghini Aventador, or 1224 pounds heavier than a 1970 Dodge Charger.
But what it lacks in lightness, it makes up for in speed.
The Dodge Hellcat has gotten heavier, as well as lighter, over the years, as the Hellcat has been modified and upgraded. One of the lightest versions of the Dodge Hellcat, the famous SRT Hellcat Redeye, has a total curb weight of 4436 pounds, or 2012 kilograms.
How Much Does a 2018 Dodge Hellcat Weigh?
The 2018 Dodge SRT Hellcat came with a number of enhanced upgrades, including a significantly reduced weight in comparison to its predecessors.
Despite both the 2016 and 2017 versions of the Dodge Hellcat weighing a gross total of 5450 pounds, or 2472 kilograms, the 2018 Dodge SRT Hellcat weighs at 4456 pounds, or 2021 kilograms.
The 2019 Dodge Hellcats – including the Dodge SRT Hellcat and the SRT Hellcat Redeye – followed in step with a reduced weight of 4436 pounds, or 2021 kilograms.
While the 2020 SRT Hellcat featured an increased gross weight at 4470 pounds (2027 kilograms), the 2021 Dodge SRT Hellcat came in as the lightest Dodge Hellcat ever released at 4428 pounds (2008 kilograms).
Is Hellcat the Fastest Dodge?
There is no doubt that the Dodge Hellcat is one of the fastest production cars Dodge has made.
But despite the ability of the Dodge SRT Hellcat Redeye to effortlessly hit 60 MPH, or 201 KMH, in just 3.6 seconds – thanks to its Hemi V8 – it is still not the fastest car Dodge has manufactured!
That title goes to another Dodge car that was inspired by the Hellcat itself: the Dodge Demon.
What Is a Dodge Demon?
The Dodge SRT Demon is a limited production variant of the Dodge Challenger, building on the high performance of the Dodge SRT Hellcat, unveiled in 2017.
In fact, the Dodge SRT Demon was made to outperform the Dodge Hellcat, and it managed to surpass it by equipping a 2.7 liter supercharger to the already high-powered 6.2 liter Hemi V8.
It is considered an extreme performance version of the Hellcat, made specifically for drag racing. And it does not disappoint.
The Dodge SRT Demon, most recognizable for its bright red design with a specially designed demon logo, can reach 60 MPH (97 KMH) in just 2.3 seconds.
If that is not impressive enough, what has made the SRT Demon particularly famous is its ability to pull a wheelie at start due its inflated 840 horsepower. It’s that powerful!
What’s more, the Dodge SRT Demon was even “banned” by the National Hot Rod Association upon release, who deemed it too fast to be considered safe.
How Much Does a Dodge Demon Weigh?
The 2018 Dodge SRT Demon has a gross weight of 4279 pounds, or 1940 kilograms.
This makes the 2018 SRT Demon 177 pounds lighter than the 2018 Dodge SRT Hellcat, and about the same weight as the 2021 Hellcat (despite the fact that it was released three years prior).
The incredible lightness of the Dodge SRT Demon – paired with its supercharged Hemi V8 engine – is the reason the high-performance Challenger variant is able to lift its front wheels on acceleration.
Which Is Faster Dodge Hellcat or Demon?
Here is the big, final question: which is faster, the Dodge Hellcat or the Dodge Demon?
Thanks to its low weight and incredibly powerful engine, the Dodge SRT demon takes the crown as the fastest Dodge Challenger – and the fastest Dodge muscle vehicle ever made.
To look at the actual numbers, the Dodge SRT Hellcat Redeye (the fastest Hellcat) can reach 60 MPH in 3.6 seconds, while the 2018 SRT Demon does it in 2.3 seconds.
That makes the Dodge Demon faster than the Dodge Hellcat by 1.3 seconds.
And in terms of overall top speed, the Dodge SRT Hellcat Redeye maxes out at 203 MPH, 8 MPH less than the SRT Demon at 211 MPH.
In fact, the Dodge Demon enjoyed some notoriety when it was found out that the SRT Demon was faster than a Bugatti – a Bugatti Chiron, that is, beating it (not by much, but still beating it!) at both 0-60 MPH tests and quarter-mile drag races.