driving a hellcat

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  1. lansdalebill

    lansdalebill Rookie

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    I just got my charger hellcat and can't use all that horsepower. I've thought of putting the trans in manual and starting out in 2nd with a quick shift to 3rd. Anyone have any advise?
     
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    put the traction control on and just hit the gas....let the computer do the power management and shifting.
     
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    That's what I've been doing and it breaks the tires loose and I just make smoke. I tried half throttle when it shifted into 2nd tires broke loose again.
     
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    Put 1000 pounds in the trunk or get some 305's.
     
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    FreightTrain Comfortably Numb

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    SMH
     
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    I put mine in ECO mode for the first 100 miles. That helps some.
     
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    Trade it for a Dart and get some traction. Why do you own this car?:eek:
     
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    Who are you folks...rich? ECO...my God, that was a test button only and next is the ejection seat. I hope you have a sunroof!:rolleyes:
     
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    I'll try the eco mode, buy why for 100 miles?
     
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    The engine break in recommendations are:
    0 to 100 miles: speed limit 55mph and max RPM 3500
    100 to 300 miles: speed limit 70mph and max RPM 5000
    300 to 500 miles: speed limit 85mph and exercise the full engine rpm range, shifting manually(paddles or gearshift) at higher
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    The first 100 is torture.
     
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    had a 2011 SRT and have a 2013 gt500.....i dont find the power in the HC all that difficult to manage...i definitely wouldnt ever consider starting in 2nd.......my tires dont spin in 1st unless i floor it

    learn not to floor it!.....ease the pedal down......you can easily use all that power....you cant use 707hp when going 1 mph....you need to ease into it

    get some nitto 555r's.........total cost w/ install is around $650 for the backs only and if you spin them a bit to warm them up you can pretty much floor it from 2nd gear on...you just need to ease it in 1st and then hold it to the floor

    butch up....its all manageable

    start practicing 0-60's....let us know what your best time is...if your in the 5's then you have an issue....you should be able to get into the 3's
     
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    Ditch those Pirellis and get some Michelin PSS. You'll get some grip. Pirellis are for little cars like hybrids not beasts thrown to earth by the Mopar gods.
     
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    Thanks for the answer, I'm getting there. I think part of my problem might be the tires, it has the optional high speed tires. The dealer calls them summer tires because they are terrible in the cold weather. I'll also have to wait till it warms up some to see if there's a difference. Does anyone else have experience with these tires?
     
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    Ironic : ask Huggy about operating in low temps
     
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    DGatzby Gold Member Hellcat Car Club HCC Charter Member Midwest Regional Pres.

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    Where are you that it is still cold? Remember that pedal is not on/off. This car will nearly idle down the road at legal speeds! You barely need to rest your foot on the pedal most of the time.
     

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