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I Drove the Dodge Challenger Hellcat (And I Almost Crashed It) - YouTube

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His automotive acumen (or lack thereof) really revealed itself when he showed his evidence to back up his claim about "the worst visibility of any modern car." Never mind any other car he is driving, but when driving a Hellcat, if you take your eyes off the road even for an instant to look over your shoulder like that, you are inviting trouble.

He should learn to adjust the side-view mirrors outward so they monitor those blindspots for him, and then he can keep his eyes on the road and save the rest of us a whole lotta heartache.
 

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As a relatively new Hellcat owner I can attest to this. Black key ECO is a piece of cake. Black key track or sport is fun and I have a pretty good handle on the car. Red Key 707 HP mode is like putting a tiger on a leash and walking it around the block. I am still trying to get a handle on all that power.

Clevetown, what driving mode was the car in when you rode in it? Was he using the black key?
Not sure but I'm pretty sure he had the red key working. Again, don't get me wrong, super fast and the car builds speed deceptively fast. I'd would take one in a second! I'm sure its a lot different when your sitting in the driver seat.
 

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I have a cousin in Georgia who's Hellcat I rode in. The car only has something like a few hundred miles on it, so the full power had not been unleashed at that point. Still, after the car warmed up a bit; there was one point where he really put on the gas (for a very short period of time) and it was impressive, but nothing like riding in a friend's Bugatti which I did once, and I did feel the full force of that. That was unlike anything I've ever experience before. I've never experienced the ground blurring below me ever that way in my life.
 

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I own a 2016 Challenger HELLCAT and don't get the big deal.
Mines a friken rocket A8 and I get 25 mpg @ 70-80mpg.
I only use the RED key.
I have drivin it to Florida from NY twice, the car is fast and has great comfort.
I have NO PROBLEM in traffic at all [passing others cars]
I just hate the Turds in the other cars that drive along side of me for a mile or 2 and then I have to hit the GO pedal and say goodbye.
I have had the older muscle cars too, but man, this modern muscle, you can get in it and take it any where..........LOVE MY CAT.........
 

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Not sure but I'm pretty sure he had the red key working. Again, don't get me wrong, super fast and the car builds speed deceptively fast. I'd would take one in a second! I'm sure its a lot different when your sitting in the driver seat.
My own experience, going from an SRT8 Challenger to a Hellcat Challenger is night and day difference. Best ET for my SRT8 at the track was a 12.50 1/4 mile. My Hellcat makes that car feel way slower. I have Nitto NT555R's on the Hellcat and they honestly beg for dear life when traction control is shut off. I've always owned quick, fast cars and my wife is used to over 500hp cars. First time I took her for a ride she freaked out. She said seriously? You're going to drive this thing around? She said it felt like one of my race cars. For comparison, I also own a 9 second 4th Gen turbocharged Camaro. She has ridden in that car and she is cool with it. The power comes on smooth and non-violent. But the Hellcat is all in, all at once Supercharged goodness. :smile:
 

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As a relatively new Hellcat owner I can attest to this. Black key ECO is a piece of cake. Black key track or sport is fun and I have a pretty good handle on the car. Red Key 707 HP mode is like putting a tiger on a leash and walking it around the block. I am still trying to get a handle on all that power.

Clevetown, what driving mode was the car in when you rode in it? Was he using the black key?
I've never driven one, but the thought of possibly owning a Hellcat both thrills me & scares the piss out of me! Especially living as I do in the Pacific Northwest, where wet roads are the *norm*, 707 hp (now 797 with the Redeye!) just seems like asking for trouble!

And honestly, all that power potential would mostly go to waste. The opportunities to go WOT are few and far in between in the Seattle metro area. Traffic here is like any big city: it's either bad or really bad.

The "angel Belushi" on my shoulder is whispering "R/T Scat Pack". The "devil Belushi", well... I think we all know what he's saying!

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One of the nice things about modding the Scat was that it helped me appreciate the power it had... and what I wanted to change about it once I got used to it.

Having driven both side by side, and with a blower on the Scat, is the constantly pleasing experience of daily driving. Neither has been a problem managing to not smash the skinny petal... but having the opportunity when it presents and having it on tap is always nice.

Not having any issues in the rain or snow. Had the same concern. I’m going to try the NT05Rs next year, but the NT555Rs have been totally fine so long as I do my part in the wet weather.

In traffic, it’s a big, comfy car that drives well and looks good. But, thank the maker of bacon for on-ramps...
 

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I have a cousin in Georgia who's Hellcat I rode in. The car only has something like a few hundred miles on it, so the full power had not been unleashed at that point. Still, after the car warmed up a bit; there was one point where he really put on the gas (for a very short period of time) and it was impressive, but nothing like riding in a friend's Bugatti which I did once, and I did feel the full force of that. That was unlike anything I've ever experience before. I've never experienced the ground blurring below me ever that way in my life.
Did you really just compare a near $3 million dollar car to a $60ish k car? "shooting that 22 rifle was cool and all, but man, that 50 cal is way more impressive." WELL, NO SHIT, SHERLOCK. lol good stuff, Thanks! I am jealous you have ridden in a Bugatti, though.
 

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I have a cousin in Georgia who's Hellcat I rode in. The car only has something like a few hundred miles on it, so the full power had not been unleashed at that point. Still, after the car warmed up a bit; there was one point where he really put on the gas (for a very short period of time) and it was impressive, but nothing like riding in a friend's Bugatti which I did once, and I did feel the full force of that. That was unlike anything I've ever experience before. I've never experienced the ground blurring below me ever that way in my life.
Did you really just compare a near $3 million dollar car to a $60ish k car? "shooting that 22 rifle was cool and all, but man, that 50 cal is way more impressive." WELL, NO SHIT, SHERLOCK. lol good stuff, Thanks! I am jealous you have ridden in a Bugatti, though.
Back in the late 90s I spent a summer as the hype man at a Tijuana donkey show, and one night I got ahold of some bad peyote and didn’t come out of it until three days later. But here’s the kicker: when I did, I woke up in a new Bugatti!

I was going to write a song about it, but I heard somebody else already had a song about that, so I didn’t bother...
 

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Hellcat vs. 392

Not a chance. No way. Read what I wrote - I just expected maybe too much that's all. And I do think the Hellcat really kicks in (supercharger) at speeds around 70 and up. You own one - is that true about the supercharger??
I drove a Hellcat with a black key (they wanted another $120 a day for the red key at Bob Bondurant and I wanted to drive something close to my car, but they didn't have an SRT with a M6). In three days going up against Hellcats which were not limited, I have to say that the only time a difference was definitely there was on the long straightaway on the road course. But the M6 was a factor there too. Everyone else had an A8. I estimate they were probably hitting 120-130 mph and I was hitting more like 110 mph. Beyond that, I'd have to say my impression was that it didn't feel quite as quick as my SRT at home (again, with the black key, which limited it to 500hp), but part of that feeling might have been that I was learning to be confident in the car at speed and I wasn't used to flogging my car like that, so that was in play too.

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Car has full power day one/mile one. There is no magical hp limiter for first 500 miles
Mine is a 2018 and full 707 power was limited until I reached 500 miles. Many of the options, settings and goodies in SRT Mode were not even available until I reached the 500 mile mark on the odometer. Dodge has made this change with the newer HC cars so that people don't drive the car off the lot and kill themselves.
 

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Did you really just compare a near $3 million dollar car to a $60ish k car? "shooting that 22 rifle was cool and all, but man, that 50 cal is way more impressive." WELL, NO SHIT, SHERLOCK. lol good stuff, Thanks! I am jealous you have ridden in a Bugatti, though.

I was going to do a multi quote with your post and the post below yours, but I couldn't get it to work. I know the Bugatti is off topic and in a different class, but that and the Hellcat is something totally different together when compared to the car I usually drive (a 2004 Chrysler 300M Special with 260,000 miles on it.) One day though; I really want to get a B5 blue SRT blackout package with the double black strips along the length of the car. I know I'd be more than happy to drive that around!
 

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Back in the late 90s I spent a summer as the hype man at a Tijuana donkey show, and one night I got ahold of some bad peyote and didn’t come out of it until three days later. But here’s the kicker: when I did, I woke up in a new Bugatti!

I was going to write a song about it, but I heard somebody else already had a song about that, so I didn’t bother...

Again off topic but, here's a video with three of his cars. He still has the SLR, but not the other two. Though he did have the Bugatti for a number of years and only had the Aventador for a very short time as there was a lot of problems with that.
I'm not in the video, but your welcome to look at my pictures of the Bugatti and a AMG he once had. www.Ltime.pro then click on "New Car Fever."


Still looking to get the B5 blue SRT!
 
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