Sales of the Dodge Challenger have consistently lagged behind that of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, but the two top-selling pony cars might have to keep a closer eye on the Challenger in the future, because Dodge has priced their new 707 horsepower Hellcat out at an enticing $59,995.
While not inexpensive by any means, the Hellcat is by far and away the cheapest way into the 700 horsepower club. Its base price under cuts the $75,000 Camaro Z/28 by $15K, but is on par with a nicely optioned C7 Corvette. The Camaro ZL1 meanwhile, which is the more fair comparison to the Hellcat than the track-focused Z/28, starts at $58,000.
While there’s no doubt the Challenger’s 707 horsepower 6.2-liter V8 and 199 mph top speed will be tempting for consumers, we doubt Chevrolet is dwelling on it. The Z/28 is for the track day enthusiast, while the Hellcat is more of a get in and go dragster. It might also be more powerful and just as affordable as the Corvette, but the cars likely won’t be cross-shopped very often. We would be surprised if it didn’t help the Challenger catch up in the sales race a bit, though.