Just Picked Up My Wife's Hellcat

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  1. nuxx

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    Hey everyone,

    Just picked up my wife's Challenger Hellcat.

    It's torred red, 6 speed, black laguna, red seat belts and nav.

    Found a small dealer in Wharton Texas that through an ordering mistake ended up with two.

    We got it at MSRP and felt it was a good deal based on what I could find.

    We arrived at the dealer an hour after the car arrived. Even with the GM's best attempts it sat at the rail yard for days.

    The dealer let only myself drive the car for the inspection drive and around the dealership.

    Initial thoughts:
    - Not nearly as loud as I thought it would be.
    - Drives extremely smooth.
    - Super easy clutch, not much force needed.
    - Very tame and reserved when just driving.

    The Hellcat is night and day different from the GT500.

    The GT500 seems very bouncy and rough. I also removed the clutch assist spring after I took delivery, which improved feel but made it very heavy. We've taken it on one road trip and after a night of drinking my wife hated the trip home.

    The 150 mile trip home last night while tired was like riding in a Cadillac with the Hellcat. Bumps weren't jarring and it was pleasant. Not sure of the break-in, so barely got into boost, but seemed like a lot of power was there. I took my wife to dinner and to wash the car after we got home and she also remarked how smooth it felt. She mentioned it had to be the car since it's the same driver.

    My wife's going to start driving it today. She psyched herself out yesterday, since her last standard car was a few years back, but she has driven the GT500 a few times recently. I was a bit nervous as well, just thought the Hellcat might be unruly and each clutch is different... but no near stalls or stalls and it was very easy to drive :)

    Nobody should be "afraid" to drive the manual version...

    So far I see me wanting to take the GT500 on short trips to just have more fun, and the Hellcat for longer pleasure outings. I'm very happy they're so different :)

    BTW: I also did play with suspension setttings. GT500 stays in normal non-performance mode and I tried all the modes in the Hellcat.
     

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  2. BIG DAWG

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    Congratulations to you and your bride, nuxx!
     
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    Very nice congrats . Don't let her get to good with the CAT you might have trouble keeping up with her in the stang :)))) enjoy both great cars !
     
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    Congra's nuxx.
     
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    Put the suspension in Street mode, that makes my wife happy
     
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    Hell Yeah !!
    Congrats !!!!!
     
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    Congratulations
     
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    Nuxx...nice write up on your initial impressions. Your HC WILL get louder and have more of a deeper growl as it gets broken in. I noticed this happening to mine around 1000-1200 miles. I followed the break-in to the letter and have not had any issues. The SC seems to have gotten a bit louder as well. Enjoy and congrats.:)
     
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    Congratulations on the new Hellcat.
    You will love the power after the break in.
    Welcome to the forum there is great info on the forum for any and all questions about the car.
     
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    Congrats nuxx on your wife's new Hellcat. I'm very glad you found this car. I see many on the Web for MSRP and just looking you can find them. I am sure your wife will love driving the Cat . My wife drives ours and loves it. Y'all enjoy your Hellcat and the Forum.


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    Thanks guys :)

    What's the best break-in procedure?
     
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    chuck Gold Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC National President HCC Charter Member

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    The CD with the car was good info. First 500 miles are important from all my information

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    Lol they didn't show me that.

    I'm sure it's with all the stuff in the trunk.

    Any quick info on the procedure?
     
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    chuck Gold Member Hellcat Car Club Gold Supporting Member HCC National President HCC Charter Member

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    Got it on another post give me a minute and you will get it from Red Harley this will help you.
     
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    0 to 100 miles (0 to 161 km):
    • Do not allow the engine to operate at idle for an extended period of time.
    • Depress the accelerator pedal slowly and not more than halfway to avoid rapid acceleration.
    • Avoid aggressive braking.
    • Drive with the engine speed less than 3,500 RPM.
    • Maintain vehicle speed below 55 mph (88 km/h) and observe local speed limits.

    100 to 300 miles (161 to 483 km):
    • Depress the accelerator pedal slowly and not more than halfway to avoid rapid acceleration in lower gears (1st to 3rd gears).
    • Avoid aggressive braking.
    • Drive with the engine speed less than 5,000 RPM.
    • Maintain vehicle speed below 70 mph (112 km/h) and observe local speed limits.

    300 to 500 miles (483 to 805 km):
    • Exercise the full engine rpm range, shifting manually (paddles or gear shift) at higher rpms when possible.
    • Do not perform sustained operation with the accelerator pedal at wide open throttle.
    • Maintain vehicle speed below 85 mph (136 km/h) and observe local speed limits.
     
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