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#2406487 - 11/20/17 04:44 PM Went for a drive in a Hellcat
Lee446 Offline
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A friend came by today with his Bro-in-law who had just bought a 2015 Chally Hellcat. They asked me if I wanted to drive it... Duh! I took it to my favorite test and tune location and gave it a hard launch, whacking the paddle shifter till fourth (135). Impressions: Now I know why knuckleheads with no seat-time/experience wreck them! I have a 700 horse 528 gen 2 Hemi that hits very hard, but that Hellcat is hyper-responsive to the slightest throttle input, they ought to put a tuneable dampner on the throttle to dial it down when Joe average drives it. I really enjoyed my test drive and was very impressed with the handling and the performance and the car was very comfortable. I am sure it would not take long to get used to the throttle, I did not have any problem, but most people with no real fast car experience, could get in trouble real quick, at least I was expecting it, but man! what a ride! I'd probably have to get a pacemaker if I drove a Demon!

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#2406520 - 11/20/17 06:46 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
sp392 Offline
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They have 3 or 4 HP modes, valet (IIRC 300hp), then black key 500hp and red 707.

I think an eco mode is in there as well

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#2406526 - 11/20/17 06:53 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
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Lee they really are something else. I've had the pleasure of keeping Ed's for a week, what a fun week that was drive
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#2406530 - 11/20/17 06:59 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
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it will leave a smile on your face every time you punch the throttle! grin
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#2406532 - 11/20/17 07:00 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
RoadRunnerJD Offline
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How did you like the way it shifted? I hope you had the trans set in sport or track mode...

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#2406537 - 11/20/17 07:09 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
cudaman1969 Offline
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That throttle response is the same in my SRT, took awhile to get used to it. Way to touchy for my preference. Been looking at the 15s that are popping up, if I find a red or green one with the good leather seats at a decent price I'm trading.

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#2406540 - 11/20/17 07:12 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: cudaman1969]
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Iv'e had the great pleasure of driving a couple of Hellcat's...one word
describes them....FANTASTIC!
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#2406561 - 11/20/17 07:46 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: RoadRunnerLuva]
Matt M Offline
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I rode in one a while back
The guy who owned could really drive it.
I have to admit, it scared me a little. I know why you see wrecked ones.
As said you better know what you are doing because that car will get there before you do.

I have driven a few fast cars, but nothing like this.

I was considering buying one, but after that ride I changed my mind.

I bought a 17 6 speed SP.
As Clint said, "A man has to know his limitations"

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#2406573 - 11/20/17 08:26 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
RoadRunnerJD Offline
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I took my neighbor for a ride last year. He’s a car guy and specifically a Corvette owner. I gave it a little too much gas on a curve and slightly drifted through it! His C5 Vette is not slow but he is still talking about that ride in the Hellcat every chance he gets. shock


Edited by RoadRunnerJD (11/20/17 08:38 PM)

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#2406585 - 11/20/17 08:52 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
poorboy Offline
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I passed at the chance to drive one last summer. I passed on driving a Viper the same day. Both cars belonged to separate brother in laws. My reflexes are not any where near what they used to be. I didn't want to take the chance of loosing it and having to figure out how to pay for a brother in law's car that I couldn't afford.

I know my limitations, and they are way below the performance of either a Viper or a Hellcat. Gene

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#2406587 - 11/20/17 08:57 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: poorboy]
GoodysGotaCuda Offline
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Originally Posted By poorboy
I passed at the chance to drive one last summer. I passed on driving a Viper the same day. Both cars belonged to separate brother in laws. My reflexes are not any where near what they used to be. I didn't want to take the chance of loosing it and having to figure out how to pay for a brother in law's car that I couldn't afford.

I know my limitations, and they are way below the performance of either a Viper or a Hellcat. Gene


Doesn't mean you have to rail on it! thumbs

I barely throttled a new ACR Viper for an hour or so and still had a blast.
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#2406623 - 11/20/17 10:15 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
RoadRunnerJD Offline
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With all the stability and traction controls, these cars are easy to handle if you have a little common sense.

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#2406704 - 11/21/17 07:35 AM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: RoadRunnerJD]
I_bleed_MOPAR Offline
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I have a blast driving my wifes '16 SXT. I would probably get into trouble real quick in an R/T, much less a Hellcat. blush But I sure would love to ride in one though. boogie



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#2406716 - 11/21/17 08:16 AM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: I_bleed_MOPAR]
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A friend of mine owns this one, and he tossed me the keys. Wow. I've driven a lot of hot machines, road racing, dirt track racing and on the strip. A Hellcat demands your undivided attention if you plan on whacking the loud pedal.
Would love to own one.


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#2406792 - 11/21/17 10:37 AM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: 56_Royal_Lancer]
Lee446 Offline
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The trans shifted instantly, it revs quickly, you better anticipate this car as everything happens quickly! Like one of the posters said, if your on the red key, you better be on your game and not playing with your cell phone. Truthfully, I was a little shocked at how good it ran, I have ridden in several R/T,s and felt that they were pretty doggy for 375 hp. I kinda figured that the Hellcat might be overrated like that, but hey, I was wrong! I am an old school musclecar kind of guy, I like being able to work on my own stuff, that said, I could see myself owning one of these, but I would have to take the emblem off, never warn them Vette owners!

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#2406793 - 11/21/17 10:40 AM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
minivan Offline
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This post reminded me of why you never let a "friend" or anyone drive your musclecar back "in the day"..

They took it and ran the $hit out of it...

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#2406868 - 11/21/17 12:32 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: Lee446]
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The salesman at the local dealership let me test drive one with the red key. I thought he was going to wet himself when I tromped on it from a dead stop. I love getting on the go pedal of my 2014 daily driver SRT, but the Hellcat was amazing. I will probably never own one, but I can die a happy woman now that I have driven one. Oh, when we got back to the dealership he asked if I was ready to buy it. I replied, "I would, but I think someone has probably beaten the crap out of that one." Calls me every time he gets one in.
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#2406889 - 11/21/17 01:06 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: cudaman1969]
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Originally Posted By cudaman1969
. Been looking at the 15s that are popping up, if I find a red or green one with the good leather seats at a decent price I'm trading.




I know where you could find a 15 sublime with suede/leather with about 1300 miles on it. Been babied since day 1.

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#2406904 - 11/21/17 01:52 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: minivan]
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Originally Posted By minivan
This post reminded me of why you never let a "friend" or anyone drive your musclecar back "in the day"..

They took it and ran the $hit out of it...




I got to drive a hellcat but it only had 37 miles on it so I didn't beat on it to hard. I asked to owner if I could lean on it a little and I did but I didn't let it RPM out or anything. I did do a kickdown on the highway and wow!
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#2406933 - 11/21/17 03:04 PM Re: Went for a drive in a Hellcat [Re: minivan]
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Originally Posted By minivan
This post reminded me of why you never let a "friend" or anyone drive your musclecar back "in the day"..

They took it and ran the $hit out of it...


When I was in high school, a guy who had a 70 Chevelle SS 396 4 speed car,gave his keys to two guys in auto shop before school because they were supposed to work on the car that afternoon in auto shop class. Well they couldn't resist the urge to take the car for a ride to see if it had balls or not. After they blew the engine,the car came to the shop on the hook. The guy who owned the car was without the car for a month while the two clowns who blew it up found a low horsepower 396 2 bolt main 2 barrel engine to replace the one that they destroyed. The car was never the same and the guy sold it soon after getting it back. I heard the 2 douchebags saying what slow piece of crap it was,they weren't too remorseful for having damaged the guys car!


Edited by chargervert (11/21/17 03:05 PM)
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