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SRT Hellcat 6.2L Supercharged (2015 - ) Would you like the BLACK KEY or the RED KEY?

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I would love a Hellcat and might purchase one at some point. But considering I rarely ever get to go WOT with my 392 I'm not sure I see the payoff of having even more unused HP!! The speed limit never changes based on the HP under the hood but your cost of ownership certainly does!!

If I just didn't care - ok. But I do. So far the 392 is the pick for me. So far ….

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Thanks to everyone who replied, this is exactly what I was hoping for (a nice mix of opinions and experiences)

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First off if you don't get the ZF8 you'll be missing a big piece of what the hellcat is best at doing...living with a cat means becoming best friends with your favorite gas station and insurance company, the rest is "just push start"
I do have some friends who own powerful cars (a couple of vettes, a camaro here and there and a spot of 'stang) who've said similar things. Folks who otherwise love the stick, but for their purpose bought rocket-mobiles want max performance all the time. So I get the 8spd is an awesome experience (even the reviewers have nothing but great things to say). I think, when it gets to that point, I'll have to test drive both and see where the heart goes. For this kind of car, the pull towards the manual is strong (with the complete understanding that I may sacrifice some of that "max performance") but I'll let the experience do the talking Thanks!

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Get the Hellcat. You bought a R/T and was still itching for a Hellcat. Getting anything in between, you'll still long for the Hellcat and just spend more money trying to correct it. The heart wants what it wants...
I bought a cheap base R/T to see if I could live with a Challenger. It was a lot easier for me to dive into a mid twenties-something thousand car for a year or two (and get out if it didn't work out) then going with a new 392 or HC (or even a used one, which would be twice the investment). So the first phase is more or less going as planned If I had bought the SXT, I'd have some buyer remorse...

Now that I know I can live with "Challenger" as a car, I feel a lot more comfortable taking that next step.

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Like several have stated, don't drive one if you're really not ready to buy one. It will ruin you! Lol

They will cost more to own, so if your budget just isn't there for a HC, no sense walking around with a self induced limp. No sense in that.

When I had my '10 R/TC, I stayed away from driving a 392 car, as I knew that I would want that power.

When my '10 got totalled, I knew that I wanted another Challenger, so it was between a Scat Pack or a HC.

I weighed the purchase cost, and ownership cost of both, along with the fact that I would be retiring in the near future. For me, the most sensible pick was the SP.

Sensible to me meant being able to maintain ownership for the long term. Too many folks jump on a particular car, and then in a year or two say, "I really don't need or can't afford this toy "

I didn't test drive either car, I ordered a SP with the options that I wanted. It was the right move for me. Totally happy with it, and now that I'm retired, I drive It or I don't. It was an affordable toy that I can keep for as long as I want.

Don't know the OP's life situation, but just suggesting to go into this with clear head, and not just an emmotional purchase.

Emotions are good, but can bite you later, or sometimes sooner on a purchase like this.

Best of luck on your choice.
Yes... I know not even to look at anything with a for sale sign, I've blocked it from carmax and autotrader, google has been instructed to redirect any request to 1980 used pintos in rust... lol.

In all seriousness, I don't intend to test drive until I'm actually ready to buy something. That's how I did it with my Challenger last year (had been in the market for over year prior).

@19johned53 - That's some very sound advice, truly. One of the reasons I started this thread was to get the thinking aligned. It was easy to plunk down some cash for a baby R/T, but a used HC (or a new SRT) get's into more serious money that's harder to walk away from easily. I do see this as a toy (in a way) but one that still costs a lot of money I want to be happy (as happy as is possible) but not to the point of ruination

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I started out with a 2016 scat pack, after 6 months of owning it (it was a blast to drive) i knew that i wanted to step up to the hellcat. I haven't regretted it at all. I ended up with a 2016 Hellcat with a few more options than my scatpack had. If the hellcat didn't exist i would have the scat pack and do all of the hp upgrades.

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Seems like everyone focuses on the "get up and go" power of the hell cat but the stopping power is just as impressive....makes the R/T brakes seem like all wheel drums.


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Seems like everyone focuses on the "get up and go" power of the hell cat but the stopping power is just as impressive....makes the R/T brakes seem like all wheel drums.
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I started out with a 2016 scat pack, after 6 months of owning it (it was a blast to drive) i knew that i wanted to step up to the hellcat. I haven't regretted it at all. I ended up with a 2016 Hellcat with a few more options than my scatpack had. If the hellcat didn't exist i would have the scat pack and do all of the hp upgrades.
I spent about the same time in my SP before queuing up an Autotrader alert and beginning my search. The limitations of upgrades to the 6.4L, without pistons, etc, made a big difference in how I wanted to approach more power.


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I used to hate automatic transmissions, and still do for the most part, as I didn't like the insertion loss, weight, or dirrect connection to the rear end. I also hated that I couldn't choose what gear I wanted. But then I learned about the ZF8, it's better than a traditional auto, a DCT, and even superior to the Tremec 6MT. It's the only trans I want now after driving SRT mopars with both auto and manual at Bondurant for the day.

Anyone who balks at the ZF8 instantly doesn't understand how it is superior to everything else out there.
This video should help.

As for me, I love the hellcat, but it's pretty much useless for the street. Even with the black key at 500hp, traction is an issue. Plus the SP is about 200bls lighter.

The car I want is the SPWB.
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I started with the 2011 RT, then 2012 SRT, 2015 SRT, 2016 Hellcat and now 2019 Redeye. If you get the Hellcat you will wonder why you didn’t get it in the first place. I loved it everyday. Driving it never gets old. I would find any excuse or reason to drive it. 38 months and 34,000 miles before I upgraded and that’s being retired. Would have been about 60,000 miles if I used it as a daily driver.

There’s never enough time behind the wheel!
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Anyone who balks at the ZF8 instantly doesn't understand how it is superior to everything else out there.
It is usually the ZF owners who are hating on the M6...not the other way around.
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