With over 700-hp under your right foot, it’s hard not to get into a bit of trouble behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. So much so that one owner recently got one of the highest tickets ever handed out by Michigan State Police. This unidentified joyrider was caught traveling at 110 mph over the speed limit. According to Michigan Live, officers had to coordinate over the radio to catch the driver.
This Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat went 180 mph in a 70 mph zone
Let’s get right to the details. This Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat received a citation for going 180 mph in a 70 mph zone. The result is a ticket for going 110 mph over the posted limit. Michigan State Police went as far as posting a photo of the citation, only to later take it down to protect the driver’s identity. To catch this speeder, MSP couldn’t simply give chase. Given the speed at which the Challenger was moving, the police officers had to coordinate via radio to catch up. Officers posted further down Michigan’s I-75 highway eventually managing to stop the Hellcat.
Since Michigan Live posted the speeding ticket photo, we know that it was a black 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Oddly enough, MSP did not cite this mysterious driver with a reckless driving charge. Additionally, the ticket’s description indicates that it is simply “Speed (Freeway) 25+ Over.” Grand Tour Nation reports that because of this, the fine was just $180. However, the driver did get four points on their license.
Here’s why it had to be a Challenger SRT Hellcat
There are very few cars currently on sale capable of reaching 180 mph. The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is one of them. Since MSP stated that the car cited for the speed was a 2016 Dodge Challenger, from there we can deduce that it most likely was a Hellcat. In 2016, the two most powerful Challengers were the SRT 392 and the SRT Hellcat.
There’s no denying that it could have been an SRT 392 because its 6.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine develops 485 hp. As a result, in ideal conditions, it tops out at 182 mph. However, the driver in this scenario would’ve needed a tremendous amount of open road to max out their car. Since the stars would need to align for this to happen, it seems less likely.
Given those figures, the car in question is likely a Challenger SRT Hellcat. The Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-liter V8 develops 707 hp and has a top speed of 199 mph. The result is that the Hellcat can reach the magic 180 mph figure at a much quicker pace. The Hellcat’s quicker acceleration also means it would need less highway to get up to speed.
Dodge is one of the most ticketed brands around
Don’t think that just because you don’t own a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, you’re safe from speeding tickets. According to Forbes, four dodge models fall under the top 10 most ticketed cars on the road. In fifth place is the Dodge Dart. Following closely behind are the Challenger, Ram 2500, and Charger. If anything, Forbes’ analysis shows that you don’t need a high horsepower car to garner unwanted attention. While you most likely won’t reach 180 mph, your odds of speeding noticed are not in your favor.