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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