Is the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Overkill?

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The Dodge Charger Hellcat has always been popular with car fans due to its extreme power.  That 707 horsepower was hard not to get excited about.  That makes it hard not to use extreme comparisons and words when used to describe the Charger Hellcat.  As a writer for MSN Autos put it, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is “Nuclear overkill.”

It’s clear from his review of the Charger SRT Hellcat that writer Will Sabel Courtney is overwhelmed by it.  One of those is what to use to describe his time with the Charger.  In his own words “It’s hard to avoid nuclear terminology when trying to describe the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi known as the Hellcat.”  In the end, the word that came out to describe the Charger Hellcat is “overkill.”

Is the Dodge Charger Hellcat too much power for its own good?  It may just be.  The problem with that idea is that I believe the appeal of the Charger Hellcat is the idea of overkill.  It’s a muscle car with as much power poured into it as possible.  That’s what the power of something like this wants.  It’s the fun and the thrill of the drive that is wanted.

Courtney does realize this.  He compares the fun of driving the Charger Hellcat to what it is that makes people wait in line for a ride at a Six Flags.

Check out the review of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and see if you agree that the Hellcat engine is overkill.

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Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge Expands in 2016!

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Dodge is going to be helping muscle car and performance car fans get their need for speed fix.  The company will be sponsoring this year’s “Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge” on TEN: The Enthusiast Network.

“When more than 10,000 performance enthusiasts flooded the gates at the first ‘Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge’ event at last year’s Woodward Cruise Week, we promised the event would be back and it is,” said Head of Passenger Car Brands Tim Kuniskis.  “Even more than a pure enthusiast event filled with drag racing, thrill rides and live music, Roadkill Nights gets people off the streets and onto a track run by professionals, so they can really show how their hot rods perform in a more controlled environment.”

The Roadkill event started last year at Detroit during the Woodward Cruise Week.  It was a major success with the performance enthusiast who attended and Dodge is looking to give that group even more of what they wanted.  First off, the event will be expanding as it heads to two additional stops in Kansas City and Pontiac, Michigan.

The first event will be on Saturday, June 18th and the lineup for the day looks like one that any enthusiast would not want to miss.  It’ll be a day of open-run drag racing, Dodge thrill rides where you get to ride along with a professional driver in the SRT Hellcats and Viper, and live music.  Definitely sounds like an amazing way to spend the day.

To find out more information on the event, visit their website.  For the rest of us who cannot attend, all we can do is dream of the drag races in our fantasies.

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Jay Leno’s Garage Pits Leno Against Tim Allen in Dodge Hellcats

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At this point, the public should not be caught by surprise at the news that Jay Leno has an extensive car collection.  He’s never been shy of showing off the vast line-up he has accumulated over the years.  Since retiring from the Tonight Show, Leno has been putting out various YouTube videos that put his cars on display, as he did when he was able to get a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.  After taking it for a thorough test-drive, he ended up giving one to a returning vet.  Leno is now planning on premiering a CNBC show titled “Jay Leno’s Garage” in which the host will run for eight episodes.

The shows concept is simple, it will be Jay Leno covering the thing he knows the most about cars.  It will also combine his love and knowledge of cars with his other passion, guest stars.  Each episode will bring on a different celebrity for him to interview and drive around with.

The first episode’s guest-star will be Tim Allen.  The two will be facing off against each other in what is bound to be quite the spectacle.  They will be racing Hellcats against one another.  Can definitely not wait to see that one in action.

Aside from such spectacles as racing around in Hellcats, Leno will also be using the show to highlight classic cars, restoration projects, and various road tests.  It really looks like it is bound to give car lovers something to drool over and Jay Leno is definitely the best choice to do this.

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Dodge Plans for 2016 Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats

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The popularity of the Dodge Hellcats was something that Dodge didn’t expect.  Due to those issues, the brand had to make some tough choices about the 2015 Hellcats and pull the plug on getting more out to customers, instead giving them a refund and first crack at the newly announced 2016 models.  While this certainly is bad news for customers still trying to get a Hellcat Challenger or Charger, the boost in popularity has really helped the brand.

“It’s an absolute milestone of Dodge history,” said Dodge and SRT President and CEO Tim Kuniskis according to Detroit News.  “It’s the ’71 Hemi all over again.”

The cancellation of orders left hundreds without Hellcats and to rectify this, Dodge is putting an increase in effort into their production of the 2016 line.  They will be producing more than double what was in 2015 in hopes of making sure they avoid this problem in the future.  The two Hellcats, the Charger and Challenger, will also be getting an increase in price.  The main reason is that the standard equipment on the 2016 models has been made nicer, including Laguna leather.

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Dodge is Heading to the Woodward Dream Cruise 2015!

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Dodge motor heads, it is time for a glorious celebration.  The Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise is back in 2015 and Dodge is bringing out the big guns to make sure this year’s event is memorable.

“The Woodward Dream Cruise is a celebration of performance car culture, and Dodge is proud to be at the heart of a gathering of like-minded people who have a passion for cars and a passion for performance,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge, about the event.  “This is the second year in a row Dodge is pulling out all the stops for the Cruise, and if you thought last year was big, this year is going to be absolutely a ‘can’t miss’ event.”

Throughout the four day event, it is expected to draw in racing enthusiasts and those who really want to show off their custom cars.  On the Dodge side of the event, the muscle car maker is bringing some special treats for racing fans.

The popular Hellcats will be making an appearance.  Both the Charger and Challenger will be on hand to be driven through a ‘Drag-n-Drift’ thrill ride alongside a professional driver.  The 2016 Dodge Viper ACR, the fastest street-legal Viper, will also be on display.  Dodge will also have a Dodge Challenger simulator at the event for attendees to compete for high test tract times against each other.

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Dodge Readies Plan for 2016 Dodge SRT Hellcat Production

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The Dodge Hellcats have been one of the most popular vehicles this year.  It has been so popular that it has been next near impossible to get hands on one.  Dodge has been frantically been trying to keep up with the amount of orders they received.  The supply definitely was behind the demand.  Dodge was unprepared for how much people would want a Hellcat.  To keep that from happening again, Dodge is prepping for the 2016 models of Hellcats to make sure they can meet the demand of buyers.

“We could not have asked for a more enthusiastic response to the Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcats,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO of Dodge and SRT.  “To meet this demand, we are more than doubling our SRT Hellcat production for 2016 and simplifying the process to make it easier for our enthusiasts to get their hands on the hottest muscle cars in history.”

This good news does have one sour caveat with it.  Dodge will be canceling unscheduled 2015 SRT Hellcat orders.  For those that get this unfortunate news, the silver lining is that Dodge will be offering each customer that gets their order canceled a discount on the 2016 model year.

The steps that Dodge is taking to make sure it doesn’t run into the same issue with orders like in 2015 is to give dealers a potential allocation total for the entire model year.  This number will be based on previous Dodge sales.  The dealers will be getting this number by August 2015.

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Dodge’s “Predators” Features Hellcats on the Prowl

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It is always great to see new Dodge ads pop up.  Dodge produced two new videos to showcase the how awesome and powerful their Hellcats are.

Showing the Hellcats in this way is kind of rubbing salt in the wound.  Yes Dodge, we all know that the Hellcats are powerful and cool, but it is a tad hard to get one at the moment.  Anyway, the thing these ads do, and do very very well, is show why the Hellcats have been so popular.

The title for the two videos is “Predators.”  It features the 2015 Dodge Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat in the wild.  Wild is the key word here; the ad sets a very cool vibe and uses numerous visual cues to reflect a jungle look.  Like a wild animal on the loose, the Dodge vehicles burn up and chase each other through the night, scaring away all the other lesser cars.  Add on top of that Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” and the message of the Hellcats as wild animals on the road hits the bullseye.

The gritty and dark feel with the Dodge car’s red exterior and red lights evokes a unique look for the brand that isn’t shared by the others.  Chrysler has established the washed out look of Americana and Detroit with their Superbowl ads.  Ram hits home the earthly feel combined with country music.  This gives Dodge its own identity.

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Dodge Charger Hellcat: King of the Drift

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Is the Dodge Charger Hellcat the Chuck Norris of cars?  That’s a pretty odd thing to say, especially after Ram put out a Texas Ranger edition of one of their trucks.  I’m not the one asking it, however, that would be the Inquistir.  They’ve been checking out recent news and videos of the Charger Hellcat and it is hard not to see the thing as something altogether impressive, like the beard of Chuck Norris/

The Charger Hellcat, I feel, has been getting the short end of the stick in comparison to its brother the Challenger.  The Charger is the most powerful sedan available at due to the Hellcat.  With an engine pumping out 707 horsepower, there is few cars in its class that can keep up.

One of the videos they viewed to see the almighty power of the Charger Hellcat is MotorTrend’s Roadkill on YouTube.  They put the Charger up against the other two powerhouses in the Dodge family; the Viper and the Challenger.  The aim of doing this, of putting the car in competition, was to have a drift test.  It’s an impressive sight to see, but it is the Charger that wins the day.  Check out the video, with the specific segment starting at about 17:11 if you don’t have time to watch all of it.

Sadly, the Charger Hellcat has a temporary hold on order new ones from the dealerships.  Turns out that people want something this powerful.  Can’t imagine why.  Hopefully it will not be long before Dodge can met the demand placed on the Hellcats and get these bad boys out to those who want it.  I wonder if Chuck Norris has one.

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Fortune Takes the Challenger SRT Hellcat for a Nostalgic Spin

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Fortune magazine took the new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat out for a spin and came away with love and admiration not just for the car itself but for the concept of the American muscle car.

The newest model year of the Challenger is meant to invoke a sense of nostalgia for the golden age of the American muscle car; the 1970’s.  Many of the design choices are direct call backs to the Challengers of that era.  The SRT Hellcat is even more of a dedication to that era with its powerful engine.

As it is impossible to do when talking about the Challenger Hellcat, that engine is the first thing to talk about.  When the marketing is to show off in giant neon letters the 707 horsepower, how could that not be the main talking point?  “The Challenger is, in fat, the most potent American production car on the market…”  They continue to say that it only trails behind the Ferrari F12berlinetta in terms of power.  However, the Challenger costs a quarter-million less than the Ferrari, so there is that.

It is clear the writer is loving the Hellcat Challenger for that sense of nostalgia.  It is a call back to the time when the power of the muscle car was all that mattered.  “…the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is unapologetic and earnest with its comically over-endowed powerplay and old-school silhouette.”  The SRT Hellcat isn’t meant for the driver who needs a daily commuting car or a family ride, it is really for the driver who needs that burst of speed and power and to be reminded of days gone by.

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Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is Able to Go 0 – 60 in Mere Seconds

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The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is built for speed. One number is tossed around anytime someone brings up the new sedan, and that is the horsepower. 707 horsepower is no laughing matter. That number has gotten many drivers itching to test the new Charger SRT Hellcat is see if the real deal lives up to the hype. Doubters beware, according to Jalopnik, the Charger Hellcat is as powerful as Dodge is saying.

The article quotes that TorqueNews was able to be part of a presentation given by Chrysler which went over various details on the Charger SRT Hellcat’s performance. In the presentation, Dodge laid out that the Charger Hellcat is able to go from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. If that was not impressive enough by itself, it can do a quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds.

It isn’t really surprising. The Hellcat series of both the Charger and Challenger are built to appease the speed demons of the road. The engineers working on them seem hell-bent on making sure that their nefarious creations are provided with the titles of “fastest ever.” I think was is so fascinating is that I never thought that a sedan would be capable of such raw power, but it looks like SRT and Dodge live to challenge what any type of car can do.

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