A few months ago, E3 Spark Plugs gave you a glimpse of the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, a boss of a muscle car outfitted with a screaming 707 horsepower 6.2-liter Hemi engine boasting 650 lb.-ft. of torque and a National Hot Rod Association-certified quarter-mile elapsed track test time of 10.8-second time at 126 mph. This track-scorching ride that hit America’s auto sales lots just over a month ago and runs upward of $80,000 is aptly named. Dictionary.com defines a hellcat as “a bad-tempered, spiteful, woman.” And as the saying goes, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
We’re guessing there’s no need to explain that line to 34-year-old Lance Utley of Colorado, one of the first to own the car and perhaps not quite ready for such a wild gal. According to reports from the Colorado State Patrol, Utley was traveling along a stretch of road somewhere in the Centennial State with two passengers when he apparently miscalculated a curve, lost control and slammed the car into a tree. And here’s the wait-for-it shocker – the crash reportedly happened less than an hour after Utley signed on the dotted line and drove the lime green looker off the lot.
There’s no mention of suspicion of drugs or alcohol or even excessive speeding. But it’s likely that a little showing off was going on. Because, you know, Hellcat. Fortunately for Utley, he and his friends suffered no injuries. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for his new girl. Judging by crash scene photos quickly heading for viral status online, insurance adjusters likely will render his new girl a total loss. And if Utley didn’t shell out for gap insurance (which picks up the gap between the value of a car and the price it would cost to replace it), he could be on the hook for the estimated $15,000 to $20,000 markup.
Hell hath no fury, indeed.