2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe

MSRP $60,695 - $66,695

Ranked #13 in Midsize Coupe

6.7

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2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 7, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The mighty yet classic Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat steps into its 2021 model year with no major changes. Perhaps, why fix it if it ain’t broken? Available in a bunch of models and configurations, the Dodge Challenger is one of the last true American muscle cars that you can get today. While its large family lineup has something for everyone, the SRT Hellcat sits in the higher family order and is very fluent in the performance tongue. 

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Pros

Powerful Supercharged V8

Dynamic ride quality

Spacious cabin

Cons

Not a disciplined handler

Poor rear visibility

What's New?

No major changes for 2021


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$60695

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

376 cu.in.

torque

656 lb.-ft.. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

15.4/13.8 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

116.2 in.

length

197.5 in.

width

85.4 in.

height

57 in.

curb weight

4429 lbs.

ground clearance

4.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

93.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

16.2 cu ft.

payload capacity

1021 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.7 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

11.8 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

Base$60,695 onwards

Widebody$66,695 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe in granite color
granite

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

3.0

Interior

8.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

4.0

Competition

7.0

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.7

Overall Rating


With an MSRP of $59,707, the 2021 Dodge Challenger’s talking point is a 707 hp supercharged V8 which is capable of pushing it from 0-60 in under 4.0 seconds. Obviously, there’s no taking away its iconic muscular exterior design and ample cabin space, despite being a two-door machine. While its large proportions don't complement its handling, the Challenger SRT Hellcat surprises with its dynamic ride comfort. Importantly, that dynamism goes side-by-side with its high-performance packaging. It may not be as polished as a Ford Shelby GT500 or a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 but its muscular old-school history and a sporty character at an affordable price, make it stand apart from the crowd.

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe front view
2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe rear view

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

3.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

4.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition


2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Features

While the Dodge Challenger family does comprise several trims, most of them have a very unique character and are treated as separate specific models. The SRT Hellcat in that regard is no different. The SRT Hellcat sits between the R/T Scat Pack and the Challenger Hellcat Redeye and unlocks the super-performance DNA of the Challenger.

Available only in the RWD guise, the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is priced at $59,570. You also have the liberty to club it with several options which Dodge has to offer, but that would inflate the MSRP pretty quick. Right off the showroom though, the SRT Hellcat comes nicely packed with features and amenities like adaptive dampers, heated front seats, flat-bottom steering, and touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. 

Trim

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

MSRP (FWD)

$59,570

MSRP (AWD)

N/A

Key Features

Large six-piston Brembo brakes

 

Adaptive suspension dampers

 

Heated flat-bottom steering

 

Heated front seats

 

Xenon headlamps

 

Wide performance tires

 

8.4’ inch UConnect touchscreen infotainment

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Which Trim should you buy?

Since the Challenger SRT Hellcat is considered as a standalone trim, there's not much to ponder around. However, as standard, the SRT Hellcat comes aptly loaded with tech and creature comforts along with its performance DNA. 

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Engine and Performance

8.0/10

At the heart of the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat lies a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine which pumps out a beefy 717 hp and 656 lb-ft of torque. With such power resting underneath a pedal to be unleashed, the SRT Hellcat is a wild animal on the streets. The engine is not only eager and responsive but it also lives being revved. 

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe driving view

Power delivery down the lower rpm range is quick and instantaneous and no matter what speed you are in, floor it down and the monstrous torque sends you at the back of your seat. The 6-speed manual transmission too is very smooth and refined and never skips a beat. Push it on an empty highway and the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat races from 0-60 MPH in just 3.8 seconds. 

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2021 Ford Shelby GT500

2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

MSRP

$59,570

$70,300

$63,000

Engine

6.2-liter supercharged V8

5.2-liter supercharged V8

6.2-liter supercharged V8

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

7-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Power (hp @ RPM

717 @ 6000

760 @ 7000

650 @ 6400

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

656 @ 4800

625 @ 5000

650 @ 3600

0-60 MPH (seconds)

3.8

3.5

3.5

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

11.9

10.8

11.4

Top-Speed (MPH)

204

180

190

Despite all its power and swiftness though, the SRT Hellcat is not the quickest among the competition here. This is for the fact that acceleration is proportional to several aspects like overall proportions, weight, and air drag. That being said, it's no surprise that the SRT Hellcat has the largest footprint and is also the heaviest in the competition here. 

In contrast, both the Ford Shelby GT500 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 post 3.5 seconds on the 0-60 board. Interestingly, while the Shelby is the most powerful here, the Camaro ZL1 stands right next to it, despite being significantly less powerful. Thanks to the Camaro’s enhanced aerodynamics and lower air drag. 

How well does the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat handle?

Be it city driving or fast highway cruising, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat surprises you with its versatile character. Although its adaptive dampers are a bit on the stiffer side, the SRT Hellcat remains surprisingly smooth and composed in a low-speed city dwelling. 

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe brake rotor

On highway speeds, the suspension really opens itself up only to pronounce its grip and stability. Around corners though, you do get a hint of understeer and some tail movement which is no surprise considering its heft and proportions. Probably the only major grouse is its somewhat dull steering which doesn’t offer much feedback to the driver. 

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Braking Performance

With such immense power and aggr̥esssion up its sleeves, an ultimate braking apparatus becomes foremost important and thankfully, Dodge doesn’t disappoint either. The 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat gets updated large Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers which are very efficient in taming the furious momentum of this beast. 

The brake pedal feels very firm and responsive and lets you know what is happening with the wheels. Under emergency braking conditions, the SRT Hellcat stops from 60-0 MPH in 104 feet which is more than acceptable for something its size and class. 

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2021 Ford Shelby GT500

2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

15.4

16.5

15.3

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

13.8

14.6

14.4

Curb Weight (lbs)

4428

3705

3907

60-0 (feet)

104

100

96

In the battle here, the other two competitors: the Shelby GT500 and Camaro ZL1 are as well equipped as the Dodge here in terms of braking efficiency. However, the latter duo is marginally better than the SRT Hellcat to be precise with a 60-0 stopping distance of 100 and 96 feet, respectively. 

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Fuel Economy

3.0/10

For a car with 717 hp and 4428 lbs of curb weight, fuel economy is not an ideal credential that you look out for. However, for those interested in some arithmetic, the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat delivers a 16 MPG combined fuel economy which is acceptable enough for its size and bulk. 

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2021 Ford Shelby GT500

2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

MPG (City)

13

12

14

MPG (Highway)

21

18

20

MPG (Combined)

16

14

16

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

18.5

16.0

19.0

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

240/388/296

192/288/224

266/380/304

Among the rivals here, the Chevrolet Camaro offers an exactly similar 16 MPG combined economy to the SRT Hellcat, despite being lighter and less powerful than the Dodge here. The Ford Shelby GT500 on the other hand with its 760 hp engine, offers a slightly lesser 14 mpg combined. For their overall character and performance though, all the three cars in the lot here, do offer a handy economy. 

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Interior

8.0/10

On the inside, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat carries forward with its familiar sporty layout. Open the doors and you still get a spacious cabin with a wide dashboard. The driver-centric dashboard and center-console layout remain consistent as ever and so does the overall interior build quality. Being a higher sport-oriented model, the cabin is also sprinkled with some soft-touch materials on the dash and some brushed metallic accents which work really well with the overall black theme. 

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe cockpit area

As standard, the SRT Hellcat comes with a 6-way power driver’s seat and a 4-way manual front passenger seat. You also get a cloth upholstery that feels soft to the touch. Accentuating the overall aura inside the cabin is leather-wrapped flat-bottom steering which reminds you of its raging credentials. Talking about the seats, they are thick and wide with good bolstering and under-thigh support and also offer good outward visibility. 

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2021 Ford Shelby GT500

2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Seating Capacity

5

4

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.3/58.5/42.0

37.6/56.3/44.5

38.5/55.0/43.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/53.9/33.1

34.8/52.2/29.0

33.5/50.3/29.9

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

16.2

13.5

9.1

The rear bench is also wide with a good recline angle and can comfortably seat three adults in there. Perhaps, interior space is one of the strongholds of the Challenger. While it may not be as generous as the Shelby GT500 or Camaro ZL1 in terms of front-row legroom, it does get class-leading front-row headroom. 

At the rear, the SRT Hellcat is simply the most spacious among the bunch here. Even in terms of cargo area, the SRT aces ahead with its significantly better 16.2 cu-ft of cargo space over the other two rivals here. After all, a large body does bring in extra interior space. Some of the interior features in the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat are:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable driver’s seat
  • Flat-bottom steering
  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • Heated front seats and heated steering
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cruise control

What’s there to keep you entertained?

To keep you entertained on the go, the Challenger SRT Hellcat comes standard with 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment. The system also comes along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a premium six-speaker audio. You also get satellite radio, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity.

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe infotainment screen

The infotainment screen is tilted towards the driver which provides easy access and visibility. Though the screen is not the sharpest, it is bright enough with a clean interface and is also quick in its responses. Even in tight traffic conditions, fiddling through the infotainment is as easy as it gets. Some of the infotainment features in the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat are:

  • 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Premium six-speaker Alpine audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • 5 USB ports
  • Available navigation system

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Exterior

8.0/10

On the outside, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat continues to flash its iconic muscles with pride. The long and low-slung body with strong shoulder-line and flared hips and wheel-arches are what the Challenger gains its muscles from. Even at the rear, the horizontal tail lamps do their job very well in amplifying its width and road presence. 

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe 

At the front, the SRT gets a blacked hood accent alongside large hood-scoops which speaks for its power and aggression. The quad-headlamps upfront not only looks classic and appealing but have now become an irresistible signature of the Challenger. Wrapping up all its aggression and muscle are wide 20’ inch wheels which further accentuate its overall stance. 

Models

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2021 Ford Shelby GT500

2021 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Curb Weight (lbs)

4428

3705

3907

Length (inches)

197.5

188.9

190.2

Width (inches)

75.7

75.9

75.0

Height (inches)

57.2

54.2

52.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.5

4.0

4.3

Wheelbase (inches)

116.2

107.1

110.7

In the competition here it's no wonder that the Challenger SRT has the largest footprint. While the Dodge takes the classic old-school route, the Shelby GT500 and Camaro ZL1 have their own pony-car character which has a good blend of style, aerodynamics, and muscle. Yes, with better polishing, the later duo looks more youthful and trendy but the Challenger’s timeless exterior sheet is its biggest USP today. The array of exterior features in the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat include the following:

  • 20’ inch all-season tires
  • Led DRLs
  • Dusk sensing LED headlamps
  • Hands-free entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • Black dual exhaust tips
  • Dual hood scoops
  • Black rear spoiler

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Safety

4.0/10

While the 2021 Dodge Challenger comes with very furious aspirations right off the p[roductiopn line, it doesn't rope in a healthy suite of safety tech to keep its raging promises under check. As standard, it comes with nominal safety features like rear parking sensors and Brembo performance brakes. 

While advanced safety and driver assistance features like blind-spot monitor, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning are available, but only as optional extras. However, we do hope that Dodge addresses the issue in the upcoming Challenger model years. Some of the noteworthy safety features in the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat are:

  • Brembo braking system
  • Electronic stability control
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (optional)
  • Blind-spot monitor (optional)
  • Forward collision warning (optional)

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Competition

7.0/10

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Vs Ford Shelby GT500

Up against each other, the Ford Shelby GT500 stacks itself a little higher in the performance table than the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The Shelby is not only powerful but also quicker and a far better handler than the SRT Hellcat. The Shelby even has a more inviting youthful exterior design. In contrast, the Challenger SRT Hellcat stands apart with its iconic design, better cabin and cargo space, and a more comfortable ride. The SRT is also more economical than the Shelby and also offers a more driver-friendly cockpit than the former. 

Ford Shelby GT500

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Vs Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Despite a lower power output, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 does ace ahead of the SRT Hellcat on the performance front, although marginally. The Camaro ZL1 is more fun and disciplined to drive, is quicker on straight patches, and is also as economical as the SRT. The Camaro ZL1 also scores points with its youthful pony-car styling with the right tint of aggression. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat on the other side offers a more sporty cabin layout, better practicality, and better comfort as well. 

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

 

2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Coupe Final Verdict

Yes for sure! For those looking for a powerful American muscle car that can embarrass most sports cars on the track without making a heavy dent in their pockets, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat surely a good pick. If you can compromise with its undisciplined handling, the Challenger SRT Hellcat offers you an unmistakable road presence, plenty of power, and brilliant performance, while being comfortable and practical too. 

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