I had a feeling sliding behind the wheel of the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat for the 20th anniversary of Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise would be memorable—it’s one of the most powerful American muscle cars ever. Even still, the attention the new Dodge drew was worth the cost of a flight from LA alone. Equally thrilling? Mashing down on the gas pedal and feeling the power of the supercharged V8 rushing through the leather seats. To commemorate the experience—and the Hellcat’s 707 horses—I asked ace Motor City photographer A.J. Mueller to help with a special trivia tribute to Dodge’s new star at seven iconic Detroit landmarks.
1. Michigan Central Station (Built 1912-1913): The Dodge Challenger Hellcat comes with two key fobs, a black one that limits the horsepower to 500 (if you consider 500 horses limited) and the coveted red key that unleashes the car’s 6.2-liter HEMI V8 to 707 horsepower.
2. “The Fist” Monument to Joe Louis (Dedicated 1986): While it appears that the Hellcat is missing its driver’s side parking lamp, the space for the lamp has actually been reconfigured to intake air for the car’s supercharged engine.
3. Fox Theater (Built 1928): With the recent move to fold the Challenger SRT back under the Dodge nameplate, the Hellcat model has quickly become one of the brand’s most coveted cars in years with a base price of $60,990.
4. Motown Records Museum (Established 1959): Among a number of other “firsts” the Challenger Hellcat ushers in for Dodge, the car holds the distinction of being the carmaker’s first factory V8 with a supercharged engine.
5. The Spirit of Detroit (Dedicated 1958): Dodge’s interior design team went to great lengths to reinterpret classic design cues of the 1971 Challenger. That means a more premium feel inside, with features like Sepia Laguna leather seats.
6. Belle Isle Park (Opened 1884):The basic design of the Hellcat Challenger is similar to other Challengers in the new 2015 line-up, but unique features like a vertical-split grille and dual air extractors on the hood contribute to a more menacing look.
7. American Coney Island (Established 1917): In addition to being one of the most powerful mass-produced American cars, the Hellcat also boasts a top speed of 199 mph, making it the fastest muscle car ever.