Tire-shredding gas sipper: 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat earns 22 mpg highway

11.2 seconds on the track, 22 mpg on the way home. Not bad.

With news that will appease nearly any dragstrip commuter, Dodge has released the official fuel economy ratings for the 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat. The supercharged, 6.2-liter, 707-horsespower V8 manages 22 mpg on the highway, while returning 13 mpg in the city.

These impressive stats are achieved the with Hellcat-exclusive TorqueFlite eight-speed auto. With the six-speed manual, highway fuel consumption rating drops by 1 mpg.

These numbers are impressive for such a bulky engine, but remember, the 707-horsepower HEMI will grow quite a thirst when you put your foot down. At full throttle, the blown V8 will drink an astonishing 1.5 gallons of fuel per minute.

However, despite looking like a brute from some angles, the Hellcat’s V8 is actually 91% new and pretty sophisticated.

The supercharged HEMI features a forged-steel crankshaft, heat-treated aluminum-alloy cylinder heads, and induction-hardened bearings, steps that are absolutely necessary for an engine of its caliber.

To keep everything frosty, the Challenger’s supercharger is equipped with a dual exchange cooling circuit that sits apart from the car’s enormous radiator.

For comparison’s sake, the 2015 Corvette Stingray returns 29 mpg highway with its 6.2-liter, 460-hp LT1 V8. The economy numbers for the supercharged, 650-hp Corvette Z06 haven’t been released yet, but chances are they will dip close to the Challenger’s 22-mpg rating.

Related: Why Dodge’s Hellcats should make the Germans very, very nervous

Expect similar numbers for the Dodge Charger Hellcat, because at 4560 pounds, the sedan is only about 100 lbs heavier than its Challenger brethren.

Despite being slightly heavier, though, Dodge claims that the Charger is actually .2 seconds quicker in the quarter-mile than the Challenger at 11.0 seconds flat. Supposedly the 100 extra pounds help the muscle car gain traction off the line.

So, in Dodge’s case, more is less?


2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is ready to strike with over 700 hp

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 revives one of the greatest names in American muscle cars, and gives Ford some ammunition in the horsepower war with Chevy and Dodge. Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the GT500 boasts over 700 hp.

We tried all the latest and greatest smartphones to find the best of 2019

Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.

You're never too broke to enjoy the best free-to-play games

Believe it or not, free-to-play games have evolved into engaging, enjoyable experiences. Here are a few of our favorites that you can play right now, including Warframe and the perennially-popular League of Legends.

Self-driving, electric, and connected, the cars of CES 2019 hint at the future

Car companies remained surprisingly quiet during CES 2018. But they spoke up in 2019. From electric hatchbacks you can buy in 2019 to super-futuristic mood-detecting technology, here are the major announcements we covered during the event.

Lexus LC convertible concept teases a new open-air flagship

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LC convertible concept adds open-air motoring to the sleek LC's resume. But Lexus won't commit to a production version of the car just yet.

Fast and Furious fans get revved up: Toyota’s Supra sports car is back

The 2020 Toyota Supra made its long-awaited debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The resurrected sports car, famous for a role in The Fast and the Furious, goes on sale in the U.S. this summer.

Muscle cars, trucks, and EVs roared into the subdued 2019 Detroit Auto Show

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.

Big tech, bigger grille: BMW updates its 7 Series flagship for 2020

The BMW 7 Series will enter the 2020 model year with a host of updates inside, outside, and under the sheet metal. The new-look nose with a jumbo grille hides updated engines, while passengers benefit from smart tech features.
Emerging Tech

Ford’s sweaty robot bottom can simulate 10 years of seat use in mere days

Ford has developed 'Robutt,' a sweaty robot bottom that's designed to simulate the effects of having a pair of human buttocks sitting on its car seats for thousands of hours. Check it out.

In McLaren’s 600LT Spider, the engine is the only sound system you’ll need

The McLaren 600LT Spider is the inevitable convertible version of the 600LT coupe, itself a lighter, more powerful version of the McLaren 570S. The 600LT Spider boasts a 592-horsepower, twin-turbo V8, and a loud exhaust system to hear it…

Robomart’s self-driving grocery store is like Amazon Go on wheels

Robomart's driverless vehicle is like an Amazon Go store on wheels, with sensors tracking what you grab from the shelves. If you don't want to shop online or visit the grocery store yourself, Robomart will bring the store to you.

Ford has a plan to future-proof the hot-selling F-150 pickup truck

Worried about the threat of rising gas prices, Ford will add the F-150 to its growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. It is currently developing a hybrid F-150, and it will release an electric version of the next-generation truck.

Ford’s Mustang-inspired electric crossover will spawn a Lincoln luxury version

Lincoln will get its own version of parent Ford's first mass-market, long-range electric vehicle. While Ford's version will have styling inspired by the Mustang, Lincoln will take a more traditional approach.
Home Theater

Spotify adds simplified Car View mode for Android users

What was once just a test is now a reality: Spotify is rolling out a new, simplified in-car user interface for all Android users called Car View, which automatically engages when the app detects a car Bluetooth connection.