707 horsepower, meet zero speed limit.
Here in the US, we car fans are a bit spoiled in that there are no fewer than four attainable, homegrown V8 muscle cars on the market: Mustang, Camaro, Challenger, and Charger. That's something we take for granted, but it's not like that in most markets around the globe where, say, a supercharged four-door with 707 horsepower on tap is rather hard to come by.
Yet some in Europe have taken it upon themselves to import cars like the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody, which is how one ended up in the hands of AutoTopNL for some full-throttle hooning on a no-limit stretch of Germany's Autobahn.
AutoTopNL also did some independent acceleration testing, although the results left something to be desired. The YouTube channel recorded a 4.93-second 0-62 mph sprint and a 12.4-second quarter-mile - far shy of the 3.7-second 0-62 and sub-11-second quarter-mile we know the Widebody is capable of. Of course, the road surface makes a great deal of difference in acceleration, and from what we can see in this video, the Hellcat Widebody's acceleration seems to be traction-limited as the tires struggle to bite. This may also explain why the driver taps off several times at a relatively low speed, although at the end of the video we do see the Hellcat clock 185 mph (298 km/h).
And anyway, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody matters somewhat less than it once did, as it's about to be supplanted for 2021 by the new Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye.
The new Redeye borrows some of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon's power upgrades to spit out up to 797 peak horsepower - enough to make it the fastest production sedan in the world with a 203-mph top speed. Just as important, it ought to have every bit as much supercharger whine.
With cars like the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and new Hellcat Redeye, the 760-horsepower Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, and the 650-horsepower Chevy Camaro ZL1, we certainly live in a golden era for American horsepower. We can't blame European car enthusiasts for importing a few of our best and brightest.