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The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is a dream car for many devoted muscle car fanatics. However, with 2015 models firmly above the $40,000 mark for a decent example, it might be too pricey for some fans to park in their driveways. Instead, Mopar enthusiasts can opt for one of these used muscle cars, like the Dodge Challenger SRT8 or Dodge Charger Daytona. 

Which Mopar muscle cars are cheaper than a used Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat?

  • Dodge Challenger SRT8
  • Dodge Challenger SRT 392
  • Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
  • Dodge Charger Daytona

The first Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats rolled off the line for the 2015 model year and broke the mold with a never-before-seen 700+ horsepower factory muscle car. Moreover, even with the traction limitations of 707 horsepower on 275/40R-20s tires, Car and Driver managed to scoot the brute to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. While other Mopar muscle cars aren’t going to match that sort of speed in stock form, they could be much more budget-friendly. 

Is the SRT8 faster than the Hellcat?

A Dodge Challenger SRT8 cruises ahead of other Mopar cars like Hellcats and Vipers.
Challenger SRT8 | Stellantis

Late-model Dodge Challenger SRT8s packed a 470 horsepower naturally-aspirated 6.4L V8, around 237 ponies shy of the first 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat. As a result, the SRT8 will sprint to 60 mph in a respectable 4.3 seconds. It’s fast, but not fast enough to contend with the SRT Hellcat.

Still, while a used SRT8 might not be as blisteringly fast as a supercharged Hellcat, it’s a cheaper muscle car option. For instance, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) says that a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8 with average mileage has a fair value of around $19,943.

How much horsepower does an SRT 392 have?

Like the R/T Scat Pack, the Dodge SRT 392 models produce 485 horsepower from a naturally-aspirated 6.4L Apache V8. That’s enough power to motivate the Challenger coupe to 60 mph in the low-four-second range. 

Moreover, a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 has a fair value of about $26,122 with an average mileage of 93,629. Of course, an example with lower mileage will be costlier; a 2015 model with 50,000 is worth closer to $34,415. Still, it’s much cheaper than a used Dodge Challenger Hellcat. 

Is a Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack a fitting stand-in for a Challenger SRT Hellcat?

While the LD-platform Charger is a four-door sedan and not a traditional muscle coupe, its tire-shredding attitude makes it a solid sibling and stand-in for the Challenger. Specifically, the Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack packs the same 6.4L V8 as the Challenger model and seating for five. 

Better yet, an early-model Charger R/T Scat Pack has an average value of about $28,180 with average mileage on the odometer. 

How much are Dodge Charger Daytonas?

A 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona cruises down back roads.
A Charger Daytona | Stellantis

If you’re a Mopar fan, you’d definitely recognize the shark-nosed and winged silhouette of the original Dodge Charger Daytona. However, Dodge also produced Daytona editions on the LX platform with a 5.7L V8. Better yet, a 2006 model has a fair value of just $6,733 with average mileage.

Of course, the LX-platform Charger Daytona is a far cry from the swivel-eyed lunacy of a Hellcat. A used, base-model Hellcat produces over twice as much horsepower as the 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona’s 350 ponies.

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