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August 15, 2014

Columbia waits for the 707 horsepower 204 mph Hellcat

If the roar of an engine gets your motor running, listen up. Dodge has the next big thing in fast cars in its recently unveiled Charger Hellcat.

If the roar of an engine gets your motor running, listen up. Dodge has the next big thing in fast cars in its recently unveiled Charger Hellcat.

Similar to the Challenger Hellcat, which already has hit showrooms, the four-door Charger is built for the speed-loving family.

With 707 horsepower, it’s the fastest stock domestic streetcar available, said Eddie Wahdan, chief operating officer for JT’s Automotive, which has a Dodgeland dealership in Columbia. Of course, that doesn’t count cars that have been souped up after the owners got them home, Wahdan noted.

Neither car — the Charger or Challenger— is available yet at Dodgeland, but Wahdan expects to get a limited supply of Challengers in by the end of the month.

“Quite a few folks have come in and inquired about it,” he said.

Starting at about $60,000, the Challenger will be among the cheapest muscle cars available, Wahdan said, noting the Viper starts about $100,000.

Prices have not yet been disclosed for the Charger, and Wahdan said he hasn’t heard when the dealership will get some of the new models on its lot. But he expects demand to be high for the family speedster, too, once it claws its way onto the scene in Columbia.

The BoldRide Blog called the Charger “the most powerful sedan the world has ever seen.” With a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, it deliver a “brain-melting amount of power,” the blog said.

The Charger will go a quarter of a mile in an elapsed time of 11 seconds and reach a top speed of 204 miles per hour, according to the company.

Purrr.

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