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This may be a stupid question... but I have just put a deposit on the new Hellcat, I am going in to customize it on August 1st. I was wondering if I should go manual or automatic. I know that manual would be much more fun, but will it be as fast? Especially if I am not an expert at it. What do y'all think the advantages and disadvantages are?
 

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The SRT engineers said the auto will be flat out awesome. From the videos it appears it does a great job of keeping the rear wheels planted. I'd say go with the auto unless you just really prefer the M6.
 

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Seriously, why are you buying the car? Are you going to race? Street or strip? Either will be plenty fast.

GO with whatever makes you feel happy. You can never lose that way......
 

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No info on how the manual Hellcat performs....it seems that's still under embargo....I am waiting for solid info on that myself before I make a final choice.
 
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As a 6-spd guy I agree with the above and with this much power I would go automatic.

Also the Hellcat has revised transmission and axle ratios compared to the SRT 392 and will put even more strain on the clutch during dragstrip launches, see below:
 

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1/4 mile the car? Auto. DD the car to/from work with traffic? Auto. Don't "need" the car for DD but will drive WHEN you want? Manual. Maybe take it to the track once just to see? Manual. Me? Manual.


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Buy what you like. For me, it has to be a manual, but I don't drag race my car.
 

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I think the 8-speed would destroy the 6-speed in a drag race, only reason to get the 6-speed would be if your going to road course it ALOT. I also don't see the clutch holding up long, so put aside money to replace that every 5/10k if you drive it hard.
 

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I've never considered an auto for a performance car but I don't track my cars either. I've got a 6M in both my Challenger and Vette.

That said, an 8 speed auto somehow may not be a bad idea with this car. Depends on how well you can drive a stick.
 
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