Hellcat First Impressions...

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  1. GoodCaptain

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    I've had my 2016 Charger Hellcat for less than a week, but here are some initial thoughts...

    1) It's significantly quicker than my 2015 SRT 392. I knew it would be, but not to this extent.

    2) I miss the adaptive cruise control, auto dim headlights and rain sensing wipers.

    3) The mix of the V8 with the super charger whine is incredible, like warp drive.

    4) Even on these rainy days, this car calls attention to itself anywhere it goes.

    5) Every suspension setting is a notch stiffer than the SRT 392, so even on Street mode this car is a bit more harsh, though still a very nice ride for family duty.

    6) MPG is impressive. I hit 24 MPG driving to PA and have mostly been over 21 MPG overall.

    7) Alpine stereo saved me 2000.00 and absolutely sounds better than the HK system. Big win.

    8) Black wheels hide the brake dust better.

    9) A couple of blasts from 50 MPH were absolutely mind-warping fun. The power is incredible!

    10) Scares other cars!

    11) On first day of ownership it won a trophy at a local show.

    12) My son LOVES it!



    Robert
     
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    You should still have the rain sensing wipers i think, no? Maybe not on the Charger? Also the self dimming headlights are in my Challenger HC, although they dont work for sh!t - just like my 392 car. Have them turned off on both cars.
     
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    Rain sensing wipers and auto high beams work on the Challenger HC.

    Agree with everyrhing else!
     
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    No problems with my wipers or auto high beams. Quite impressive actually!!
     
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    Well thats odd. Two separate cars for me - dimming headlights work for sh!t. They dont dim when they should, and do dim when they see street lights lol. Both Challengers.
    Rain sensing wipers work good though.
     
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    Great recap of your experience....good read.
     
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    I'm averaging 12 mpg on item 6.
     
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    Auto wipers and adaptive cruise control are awesome. The auto dimming lights are stupid though. By the time it senses a car they're already flashing me to turn them off! lol. Some good stuff Captain Robert. Is the Alpine system the base system it comes with?
     
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    I have autodimmung hi beams. Tain sensing wipers. You goyto set the wiper switch to intermittent. Each step is sensitity. But you keave your wipers on intermittsnt snd when wster hits sebsor the come one
     
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    Are you drunk?
     
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    Good question
    Good question?
     
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    Either that or a futile attempt at German...lol
     
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    This applies to the CHARGER where the HK system is an OPTION.

    Yes, the Alpine system is the "base" system. I had the HK system in my 2015 SRT 392 Charger. Here's some stuff I know about the HK system.

    1) 2015 head units had a hard-wire defect that FCA tried (with some success) to fix with numerous system flashes.

    2) 2016 HK systems are better sounding because they don't have the issue.

    3) Now that the Alpine system is breaking in, it sounds even smoother and is easily better than the HK system, but without the bass speaker it has less frequency impact. A proper sub is required for both systems if you want any response below 40 hz.

    4) The HK Challenger system sounds better because of the better twins subs and the acoustics of the cabin.

    5) Adding a good subwoofer to the Alpine system will easily eclipse the HK system and save you about 1500.00. If I had bought the Challenger I'd likely just change out the front 3.5" drivers and live with it, since the subs in that car are not terrible.

    The Charger Hellcat does not get the rain sensing wipers of automatic highbeams, but the only thing I seriously miss is the adaptive cruise/collision avoidance system.

    I'm thrilled with this car. I can't believe that this much power and fun is coming from a factory car with a warranty that cost under 100K. The fact that it's a very comfortable family car with four doors and real back seats only adds to the insanity.


    Robert
     
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    Oh ok gotcha. Yeah I honestly like my system, but $2000 is too much for what you get. I got the floor model soooo you know. I guess the one upside is I don't have to screw around with having a system installed myself. Oh well. Glad you're enjoying your car! Hopefully I can upgrade to a Hellcat as you did.
     
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    I must have got lucky. They work great. I'm always bragging about them to my friends.
     

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