Build Your own Viper-Powered Hellcat
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is hands down the fastest production muscle car that has ever been made. This vehicle has had the attention of every car guy in America since it was first unveiled and released for the 2015 model year. The problem is that they aren’t cheap, so most of us can’t afford one. However, we recently found out about a way that you can build your own Viper-powered Hellcat and save thousands of dollars over the sticker price of a Challenger Hellcat.
If we told you that you could build a Viper-powered Hellcat that was faster than the production Challenger Hellcat, would you be interested? Well there is a way that you can do it. You need to start with an old-school 1970 Dodge Challenger. This car is already an iconic piece of rolling American muscle by itself. However, the performance and technology in this car is decades old and in need of a serious upgrade to be worthy of comparing it to the new Hellcat.
The owner of the 1970 Dodge Challenger that we have pictured above turned this vehicle into a Hellcat worthy machine before the Hellcat was even an actual thing. He took an 8.3-liter, ten-cylinder Dodge Viper engine and a Tremec six-speed manual transmission from a 2004 Dodge Viper and put it into this old school beauty.
This modern engine is able to produce 550 horsepower and 525 pound-feet of torque. Now, at this point you may be wondering how that is even in the same conversation as the insanely powerful 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Well, the Dodge Viper motor is known for being very easy to modify. The Viper has proved time and time again that it can hold up to modified performance parts very well. So drivers could crack the four figure mark very easily by adding upgrades like a twin-turbocharger package to this car. You’ll also be able to afford to do so because this car costs about 20,000 less to build than the Hellcat.
Other than the upgraded engine, the owner of this 1970 Dodge Challenger added features such as: Modern wheels and tires, updated suspension, differential, and 2010 taillights.
Another major benefit to owning this modernized 1970 Dodge Challenger is its weight. The 1970 Dodge Challenger weighs about 600 pounds less than the Hellcat when it is outfitted with the Dodge Viper’s ten-cylinder engine. It also has that retro 70s muscle car look that you just can’t get with any modern car.