Anybody who’s ever fired up a true muscle car will rememberthe shivers from the rumbling exhaust of that trembling V8. Now, Dodge ismaking that sensation available to owners of its Dart compact, or the owner ofany other vehicle.
The Hellcat roar of the new 707-horsepower supercharged6.2-litre Hemi V8 is being canned for use on Smartphones (iPhone, Blackberryand Android). It’s free and you can catch a soundbite at www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
Maybe you can use it as a wake-up call ...
“When you name an engine ‘Hellcat,’ it had better have asound that wakes up the devil,” says Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO, Dodge andSRT Brands, Chrysler Group LLC. “The Hellcat’s signature sound is the unholyunion of supercharger whine and 5.5 inches of unrestricted exhaust. Dodge/SRTfans can now make heads turn and people stop in their tracks, every time theirphones ring.”
Fans have been awaiting the Hellcat since its announcementin spring 2014, and the ringtone app is just one of the ways Dodge is promotingthe arrival of the 2015 Challenger SRT model that will house the Hemi engine.The car is due in fall 2014, with the first one up for charity auction atBarrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2014.
The 6.2-litre V8 puts out in excess of 700-hp, thanks to atwin-scroll supercharger from IHI (which also supplies superchargers to AMG),outdoing rivals like the Ford Mustang GT500 and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. In fact,the output is even greater than the Viper’s.
Those who can’t wait for the real car to show up candownload the “Dodge Revolution” three-dimensional augmented reality app fromiTunes and Google Play. That will allow you to check out the car inside andout, change colours and wheels, and even take it for a virtual spin, all onyour mobile device.