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THE TIMES, JUNE 5, 2014, PAGE 6 - Like us on Facebook New Car Test Drive Columnist Bryan T. McMahon Community Motors to have a 600 hp Hellcat by the tail! By BRYAN T. McMAHON Times On Wheels Columnist We have yet to book the newest 2015 rocket ship on wheels from Dodge for our test drive, which may be a good thing, considering its NASA-caliber power that is going to take some bracing. 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Supercharged with HEMI Hellcat engine (Dodge Photo) Just eyeing the SRT's photo- graph gives this driver a rush. To give you a notion of what to look forward to at Times On Wheels, enjoy reading this lat- est missive from Dodge: AUBURN HILLS, Mich. The newly consolidated Dodge and SRT brands are launching out of the gate at full throttle - introducing the new 600-plus horsepower 2015 Dodge Chal- lenger SRT with a Hellcat en- gine. This comes just one month af- ter taking the wraps off the new Dodge Challenger 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker at the New York Auto Show. 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The garage (or parking lot, if the city opts to half-step) could best be used to first house the cars of downtown business own- ers and their workers, allowing the city to restrict central busi- ness parking spots to two or three hours, making room for successive waves of shoppers. As it is now, business own- ers and their employees tend to take up for their own use, prime parking spaces nearest to their businesses. How many poten- tial customers this has cost the business district, and the city in terms of lost sales tax revenue, is unknown but logic would in- dicate a lot of business passes us by, thanks to having no place for shoppers to park. Clearly, some changes in parking habits could go a huge distance to solving the down- town parking problem. But the addition of a parking garage would appear to be key to find- inga solution. SPECIALS Driven by the five SRT per- formance hallmarks, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT and Challenger SRT with the Hellcat engine are re-designed and totally re-engineered to be the most true-to-form muscle coupes on the market with per- formance-enhancing technolo- gies inside and out. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat will feature the most powerful V-8 engine ever pro- duced by Chrysler Group - the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8. "The new 2015 Dodge Chal- lenger SRT Hellcat is the ul- timate performance muscle car," said Tim Kuniskis, Presi- dent and CEO - Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Dodge is the Mainstream Performance brand, and now combined with SRT, we are able to unleash a true GT car with an all-new driver-focused interior and the TorqueFlite eight-speed trans- mission combined with the most powerful V-8 Chrysler has ever produced. The Challenger Hell- cat has been released!" The 2015 Dodge Challeng- er SRT coupes will be built at the Brampton (Ont.) Assembly plant. Production is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014. For 2015, the Challenger SRT with a Hellcat engine is propelled by the new super- charged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8. Its 600-plus horsepower rating will be the highest of any V-8 engine in Chrysler Group's celebrated history. The all-new V-8 engine can be mated with an upgraded six-speed manual transmis- sion or a beefy, new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic - the first such gearbox ever offered in the Dodge Challenger SRT's time-honored segment. This new HEMI Hellcat engine is Dodge and SRT's first application of V-8 supercharger technology, delivering the full brand experience with fresh po- tency. The breakthrough super- charged engine features a forged-steel crankshaft with induction-hardened bearing surfaces. The result is a crank so well-engineered it can with- stand firing pressures of 110 bar (1,595 psi) - the equivalent of five family sedans standing on each piston, every two revolu- tions. And its urfique, specially tuned crank damper has been tested to 13,000 rpm. High-strength, forged-alloy pistons - developed using ad- vanced telemetry measurement - are coupled to powder-forged connecting rods with high-load- capacity bushings and diamond- like-carbon-coated piston pins. The new supercharged 6.2-li- ter HEMI V-8 has premium- grade, heat-treated aluminum- alloy cylinder heads that are optimized for superior thermal conductivity. And its die-cast aluminum rocker covers are HEMI Orange. In addition to the super- charged HEMI V-8 in the Chal- lenger SRT Hellcat, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT model also gets a power boost with upgrades to the 392 HEMI V-8. Horsepower climbs to 485 from 470, while peak torque jumps to 475 lb.-ft, from 470 lb.-ft. The 392 also can be mated with a new TorqueFlite eight- speed automatic or the proven six-speed manual transmis- sion. Whether it is on-road or on- track, Challenger SRT owners can personalize their drive ex- perience via the all-new Drive Modes feature. Drive Modes tai- lors the driving experience by controlling horsepower, trans- mission shift speeds, steering (Challenger SRT only), paddle shifters (automatic transmis- sion only), traction and sus- pension. Drive Modes are pre- configured for Sport, Track and Default settings, while the Cus- tom setting lets the driver cus- tomize the drive experience to their favorite settings. Custom- Allows the driver to personalize the vehicle's perfor- mance Sport - Delivers increased vehicle performance capability over the Default Mode Track - Delivers maximum vehicle performance capability on smooth, dry surfaces Default - Activates automati- cally when starting the vehicle The Drive Mode feature is controlled through the Uconnect system and may be accessed by pushing the SRT button on the instrument panel switch bank, or several other methods you may not want your teen to read about here. 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