Good luck making a fast getaway with this new security feature.
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Dodge Charger Hellcat are two of the most desirable muscle cars on the market. Unfortunately, they are also two of the most stolen cars in America. In 2019, the Highway Loss Data Institute compiled a list of the most stolen cars in America, and the two V8 muscle cars both topped the list. In the last year, more than 1,000 Dodge Chargers were stolen in Southeast Michigan alone.
Clearly, something needed to be done to improve the security. In response to the spate of thefts, Dodge is offering a new security system that makes it harder for thieves to steal Charger SRT and Challenger SRT cars equipped with naturally aspirated 6.4-liter V8 or supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engines.
Using a four-digit security code, the owner can activate an "enhanced deterrence" feature that limits the car's engine speed to idle speed - 675 rpm - to prevent thieves from taking their pride and joy. Charger SRT and Challenger SRT cars built between the 2015 and 2021 model years and 2019-2021 Scat Packs are eligible for the security upgrade, which can be retrofitted at a Dodge dealership free of charge.
Once installed, the new security feature can be accessed in Dodge's Uconnect 4C infotainment system. At 675 rpm, the engines produce around 2.8 horsepower and 22 lb-ft of torque, preventing thieves from making a fast getaway.
"Today, Dodge is launching a new owner-customized 'double verification' security system," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer of Stellantis. "When flashed into the computer of affected 2015 or newer Dodge muscle cars, the protective software will limit the engine output to less than 3 horsepower, foiling fast getaways and joyrides."
Dodge's new security feature will be available in late Q2, 2021. To give Challenger and Charger owners peace of mind, Dodge will also "pursue other enhancements" for its security technology.